Visual impairment and using the pron chart

Here it is 🙂 The humbling experience I had just as I started this lovely journey of further developing as an ELT teacher.
On my first month at Oxford House, I was assigned a C1 group that turned out to be quite special. Thanks to Adrian Underhill’s support, this is a true story of which I am so proud of.

Adrian’s Pron Chart Blog

To followers of this blog: A true story to start the year!!!la foto 1 Blog

Here is a very special post which tells a story. It takes place when Laila starts teaching her new class in September, following our July Pronunciation and Storytelling programme at Bell, Cambridge, in July.

I find it touching, which maybe a hallmark of a transformational human event. There is a quality here which you can feel, and is without words, and is a simple and fully human quality which we all recognise, and which we aspire to our teaching. Focus not on what I write, but on the experience of Laila the teacher, and Carme the learner, through the words of Laila and the pictures, and at the end through the words of Carme.

4 Sep 2014, Laila Khairat Gomez wrote: I have a new C1 class of 6 students who are really nice. My biggest challenge is…

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4 thoughts on “Visual impairment and using the pron chart

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this story with us Laila. It’s fascinating, and has given me more ideas for working with M, if and when I get the chance to do that again. It’s great to see how you managed to integrate Carme into your lessons so that she felt like part of the group, and how your teaching developed as you taught the group.
    Keep up the amazing work!

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  2. Hi Laila,
    Thanks for sharing such a positive story. I’d like to make a raised chart for my YLs as I think it would bring phonetics to life for them. They enjoy working with ‘the secret code’ and I’d like to motivate them further.
    T 🙂


    • Thanks for your comments and support. I strongly encourage you to go forward with your plans on creating a raised chart. When presenting it to your student there will certainly be very detailed description of the position of the tongue, jaw, lips and teeth as he/she won’t be able to mirror you. It is a very interesting and engaging exercise and I am certain this is a substantial add on to their learning language experience.
      Good luck and please do let me know.


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