So this month, I wrote a little book.
I didn't want to mention it until it was finished, but now it is! I just got the bound copies finished yesterday:
The title and the artwork aren't exactly first-rate, but that's not really the point. It's a book to help my students here practice pronunciation at home. The book comes with a CD. Dear friends Mark and Michelle are providing the voice talent.
The book has 3 parts.
In Part I, the students are introduced to new/difficult English sounds and English sound combinations. They have to practice saying them, then they have some little quizzes to be able to recognize the different sounds in a sentence.
In Part II, they have to practice English intonation for different situations (yes/no questions, lists, questions with a preposition, etc).
In Part III, they have to practice pronouncing the past tense -ed correctly (most people reading this know how difficult it is for Portuguese speakers to say something like "I baked a cake" without sounding like Shakespeare ("I bakêd a cakeee").
I must say, I'm pretty proud of it. I wrote all the activities myself. It's 35 whole pages. :)
I included a little intro page that's basically a plea to my students not to give it to their friends to make copies. It's an all-too-easy thing to do here-- make copies of copyrighted books, I mean-- so this little reader that's not even copyrighted will make it past any copy place. I give private classes to 2 fellow teachers, and as sad as it is, I won't be telling them about it. That's just the way it is here.
But on a happier note, all of my private students so far have said that they want a copy, so maybe I'll sell out of my first 10 copies this week. :) :) I'd like to tell my students at the school about it, but that's kind of unethical, and if my boss found out, she'd probably get pissed off.
But anyway, yay! I'll keep you posted on the book's success (or lack thereof).