I came across an intriguing article today on the relationship between quality of talk and language development in children.
People often ask me how I find the resources that I share. The Big Deal Media newsletters is one of them and is a great place for all teachers to find fresh resources and tools.
The human vocal tract is capable of producing hundreds of different sounds, only about 44 of which are actually used in English - which may or may not be some of the same sounds as are used in any other language on the planet... As a classroom ESL teacher, I constantly found myself having to teach students how to pronounce the sounds of English (called phonemes, if you want the technical term). I still remember my students raising their eyebrows at my terrible drawings of how to position the tongue in the mouth in order to produce specific sounds. Then I found this website.