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English Pronunciation and Speaking Skills for Intermediate Level

English pronunciation and speaking skills help for intermediate level ESL EFL learners and classes including IPA phonetic exercises, tips and strategies to improving your accent and speaking skills.

Telephoning English
Five short English conversations which focus on telephoning in English to be used to practice telephoning English.

English for Information Technology
Overview of information technology jobs and requirements related to English usage for specific tasks in information technology jobs for computer specialists.

Speaking Practice Online for English Learners
Short listening exercises for beginning and intermediate level ESL learners to help them practice speaking.

Neighbors
English dialogue with follow up multiple choice questions for in-class use and reading comprehension practice focusing on present perfect and past simple.

ESL Intonation - Stress Types
ESL intonation help with a guide to the four basic types of sentence stress including information about tonic stress and intonation units.

English for Medical Purposes - Feeling Queasy
Intermediate level English for Medical Purposes dialogue with follow up multiple choice questions for in-class use and reading comprehension practice focusing on Feeling Queasy.

English for Medical Purposes - A Prescription
Intermediate level English for Medical Purposes dialogue with follow up multiple choice questions for in-class use and reading comprehension practice focusing on A Prescription.

English for Medical Purposes - Pain that Comes and Goes
Intermediate level English for Medical Purposes dialogue with follow up multiple choice questions for in-class use and reading comprehension practice focusing on Pain that Comes and Goes.

English for Medical Purposes - A Physical Examination
Intermediate level English for Medical Purposes dialogue with follow up multiple choice questions for in-class use and reading comprehension practice focusing on A Physical Examination.

English for Medical Purposes - Troubling Symptoms
Intermediate level English for Medical Purposes dialogue with follow up multiple choice questions for in-class use and reading comprehension practice.

English for Medical Purposes - Joint Pain
Intermediate level English for Medical Purposes dialogue with follow up multiple choice questions for in-class use and reading comprehension practice focusing on Joint Pain.

English for Medical Purposes - Patient Details
Intermediate level English for Medical Purposes dialogue with follow up multiple choice questions for in-class use and reading comprehension practice focusing on Patient Details.

English for Medical Purposes - Helping a Patient
Intermediate level English for Medical Purposes dialogue with follow up multiple choice questions for in-class use and reading comprehension practice focusing on Helping a Patient.

First Name, Last Name or Title?
Discussion of the correct use of informal and formal forms when speaking about and to people including when to use last names, titles and first name only.

Telling Stories - Sequencing Your Ideas
One of the most important ways to link ideas is to sequence them. Sequencing refers to the order in which events happened.

Pronunciation - Silent Letters
A guide to when not to pronounce silent letters in English for English language students and ESL EFL classes.

Word Stress Patterns in English
This page introduces the eight most common word stress patterns in English with listening examples.

Sound Scripting - Word Stress and Intonation
Intonation and Stress - Key to Understanding and Being Understood when speaking English

Word Pronunciation - Hard and Soft C and G Sounds
ESL word pronunciation help focusing on hard and soft c and g sounds.

Tongue Twisters
Tongue twisters with recordings for pronunciation practice for English students in ESL and EFL classes.

Accent Neutralization - Accent Reduction
A look at accent neutralization / reduction which strives to help proficient English speakers speak with a more North American or British accent.

American English Usage Tips
Speaking English is not only about using proper grammar. To use English effectively, you need to understand the culture in which it is spoken. Here are a number of important tips to remember when speaking English in the United States.

Asking for Information
The most common language formulas used when asking for information with examples and a construction table.

Being Vague or Imprecise
Sometimes it's impossible to be exact and when need to be imprecise when giving information. Here are the a number of the most common formulas in English for being imprecise.

Demanding Explanations
Sometimes, things happen that we would like explained and we must demand explanations. For example, if you have just bought a new computer and there is a problem, but the shop assistant says that the guaranty does not cover the problem.

Dialogue Reading Comprehension: Client Problems
This reading focuses on problems with an excellent client in a manufacturing company.

Dialogue Reading Comprehension: Directions to the Museum
This reading focuses on giving directions to the museum.

Dialogue Reading Comprehension: Too Much Work!
This reading focuses on a man discussing his hectic workday and comparing it to his time at university.

Dialogue: Congratulations!
Advanced level reading dialogue comprehension with follow up multiple choice quiz. This dialogue focuses on friends who meet each other at a bar and have big news to share.

English Pronunciation Exercises
The following series of pronunciation exercises combines words beginning with the same diphthong or vowel sound followed by similar vowel sounds. Voiced and voiceless consonants are paired by sounds.

Giving Advice
The most common language formulas used for giving advice to other people with examples and a construction table.

Giving Warnings
The most common language formulas when giving warnings with examples and a construction table.

Guessing
When we aren't sure of exactly what is happening we need to guess. There are a number of ways of guessing in English. Here are some of the most common.

How to Improve Your Pronunciation
This "how to" focuses on improving your pronunciation through the recognition of the "time-stressed" character of English.

Intonation and Stress: Key to Understanding
This feature takes a look at how intonation and stress influence the way English is spoken and how paying attention to this important factor can improve your pronunciation immediately - no kidding!

Making Complaints
There are a number of formulas used when complaing in English. It's important to remember that a direct complaint or criticism in English can sound rude or aggressive. It's best to mention a problem in an indirect manner.

Making Suggestions
The most common language formulas for making suggestions with examples and a construction table.

Minimal Pairs - 'ae' and 'eh'
'ae' as in 'cat' and 'eh' as in 'let'

Minimal Pairs - 'ae' and 'u'
'ae' as in 'Cat' and 'u' as in 'Boot'

Minimal Pairs - 'au' and 'ir'
'au' as in 'caught' and 'ir' as in 'earn'

Minimal Pairs - 'eh' and 'uh'
'eh' as in 'let' and 'uh' as in 'up'

North American English Pronunciation Help Books and Cassettes
Guide overview to buying American English pronunciation books and cassettes to help students develop a standard North American accent.

Offering Help
The most common language formulas used when offering help with examples and a construction table. Especially helpful for learners who work in a shop and need to help clients in English.

Pronunciation: Word Stress - Changes in Meaning
When you are speaking English the words you stress can change the underlying meaning a sentence. Even simple sentences can have many levels of meaning based on the word you stress. This feature provides examples and an exercise to help you improve your pronunciation through correct word stress.

Saying 'no' nicely
Sometimes you need to say no when someone makes a suggestion, offers something or asks you to do something for them. Of course, saying just 'no' can be rather rude. Here are some of the most common ways to say 'no' nicely - or at least not rudely.

Stating a Preference
Sometimes you need to state a preference when someone makes a suggestion, offers something or asks your opinion about what to do. The most common language formulas for showing a preference with examples and a construction table.

Vertical Register Usage
Introduction to register use for ESL learners and teachers including examples of a hierarchy of vertical register.

Methods for Mastering English Conversation and Vocabulary
Mike Shelby offers sound advice on a number of techniques designed to help students master English conversation and vocabulary.

How to Speak English
One of the most common questions is English concerns how to speak English. This how to speak English guide provides a step by step plan on how to improve your English speaking skills.

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