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Civil Engineer:
"There are several things that I'm more aware of when I speak now. For example, I'm aware that when I speak...there are a lot of places where I link different words together. As far as what I learned about myself...I learned...that it's okay to be different as long as other people can understand my thoughts…I can speak confidently with my accent, and I know now accent reflects my personality and culture…I learned that speaking clearly does not mean that I can't speak with an accent."

Civil Engineer:
"…The practice materials-textbook, audiotapes, and videotapes are very good. They give many details about the movement and place of tongue for each vowel and consonant. The examples are also easy and suitable to practice…By using them regularly in the Media Center, I not only can speak correctly but also can speak like an American tone…"

Undeclared Major:
"One of the most useful features in the ALL 111 that I've learned were: linking strategies and position of the tongue with lips and teeth when pronouncing consonant and vowel sounds…Exercises of taping myself on tape or video and then hearing, watching myself helped me a lot. When I was speaking alive I couldn't hear my accent or that I might dispronounce some words; however, when I heard myself on the tape I could more easily "catch my accent." I was actually surprise that I've kind of strong accent. J… I really liked that exercise where we had to choose an actor, imitate him/her and then videotape ourselves."

"I thought I improved a lot. I pay more attention to word stress (-ed, s, es), tense, and he/she when I am talking with people...Before this quarter, my English speaking was so terrible. It was not because I am scared to talk. The biggest problem for me was wrong grammar and bad structure of sentences. Especially, I always forget to change the tense, confuse he/she, and ignore -s and -es. Many time, people just look at me and don't understand what I want to express. Moreover, I have gotten other advantage from this class...Although this class teaches us how to pronounce, at the same time, I also learn how native speakers pronounce. This is very important for me to understand what other people's speaking. Because I knew the rule, and at least I can guess what they say."

Translator & Interpreter:
"The most pleasant thing I heard after class was that some students told me my pronuciation had improved. Even though I don't realize my improvement, it was very pleased to hear because third person can analyze other people… In this class, I've learned so many things. First, I learned how important pitch, word stress, and pauses were. Before I took this class, I didn't know about thought groups. They were very helpful for me to make pauses, and whether to go up the pitch. Second, I learned details of English vowels…I can distinguish sounds and know how to produce them."

Information Technologist:
"How have I improved after taking this class? The greatest reward from this class is to know how to pin point the problems that I have and what can be done to correct the problems. ..I did not make the full use of the media lab when I took this class and did not practice enough on the daily exercise especially on consonant and vowel sounds. I will go through those exercises once again…I really mean it because I am the only one to know what exactly I want and need. I feel like there is a need for me to work on a lot of things to change my way of speaking English that has been down in years. Practicing the tongue movement, slow down the pace and to pick up the final consonant will be my next project….

Practice makes perfect! Let's do it!".

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