Handout 1 of 5 – English Workshop for Vietnamese Teachers



English Teacher Workshop ~ January 23, 2018

<< Ask us questions anytime. This workshop is for your improvment. >>

8:30-9:30 – Sean

8:30-8:40 – Pronunciation game

8:40-9:10 – Difficult sounds for Vietnamese speakers & Some common pronunciation mistakes of Vietnamese speakers

9:10-9:30 – Practice, questions (what words do you need help saying?) and discussion

9:30-10:15 – Andrew

9:30-10:15 – How to stress sentences in English and some rule-breaking cases

10:15-10:30 – Discussion with Sean + Andrew + Teachers:

  • Classroom management strategies that work well in your classroom
  • Speaking or listening games that your students enjoy playing


PRONUNCIATION GAME ~ Make 3 teams. Practice saying each sentence. Each team can say the sentence only one time. The team with the lowest number of pronunciation mistakes will be the winner.

Team 1:

She sees cheese

He threw three free throws

We surely shall see the sun shine soon

Team 2:

Eddie edited it

Four fine fresh fish for you

I thought of thinking of thanking you

Team 3:

Six sticky skeletons

I saw Susie sitting in a shoeshine shop

I saw a kitten eating chicken in the kitchen


1. TH





2. X





3. CE






1. Missing ending sounds


“s” in is

“t” in heat

“ed” in missed

“st” in fast

2. Missing middle sounds


“s” in Wednesday, in master

“g” in virgin

3. Misplacement of the “S” sound

Example: With this sentence, She is doing her homework, many people add the “s” sound after doing or her.


TH – Put your finger on your lips. Say “weather”. If your finger is wet, you said it correctly. If your finger isn’t wet, you need to put your tongue tip between your teeth (don’t bite or or move your lips down).

X -. Make the beginning sound or sounds of the word and then make the “cks” sound.

CE – To copy the American English pronunciation, don’t say the N sound that much. Just say it lightly in the word. When trying to say the sound, say “NTS”. The T sound will help you sound like a native English speaker.

Watch native English speakers and notice the shape their mouth and lips make when they talk. Try following along with your favorite TV show, movie or YouTube video. Can you repeat the faces and sounds that the people are making? Imitate native speakers long enough and you’ll have the full confidence to say it out loud.

One of the things you need to know is that although there are 26 letters in the English alphabet, there are 44 sounds, and that the number of letters in a word is not the same as the number of sounds. For example, the word bat has three sounds and three letters, but batch has five letters and three sounds (the “tch” is one sound).


Learn how to say words one syllable at a time. Split the word into syllables and try to pronounce each part slowly, then faster. Pay attention to the stress and the rhythm.

Write the sentence down. Identify the words with “s” sounds. Then speak the sentence slowly. Or simply, just slow down. Please, slow down.

Listen carefully to how words are said. If you can hear the difference between “three” and “tree”, you will be able to pronounce those words correctly.

Try recording your speech with your phone or computer. Make a note of specific areas you need to improve on.

Carry a small makeup mirror with you. Use it to see where your lips and tongue are (and what your mouth is doing).

Use these online resources:

youglish.com                           fluentu.com

ELSAspeak.com                      rachelsenglish.com

soundsofenglish.org                howmanysyllables.com

Directions: Each time you make a pronunciation mistake, Sean will raise his hand. Then you must stop and think. Where did I make the mistake? Try to identify the mispronounced word and say the word again without making the same mistake.

“I would like someone who cooks for me and is a virgin. Weather and master are my favorite words. Portlandia and Breaking Bad and six other show are my favorites. I never take a bath with my phone or my friends. There are six lakes where I live. I always swim naked. What is the difference between a good husband and a bad husband? I missed one of my shows on Wednesday. Trying different restaurants isn’t rocket science. Do you want to marry me?”

Sean’s website to help to you study English:  www.seanlaurence.com


How did we do? Please share your thoughts with us.

Email your thoughts to Sean Laurence (laurence.sean@gmail.com) or write them below.

What did you learn?

What can we do differently next time?

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