Teaching

The pronunciation/phonetics classes that I teach at the University of Aizu benefit from taking place in high-tech classrooms that are well equipped with audio/video/computer equipment (see image below). I often bring along an ultrasound machine and display real-time images of the tongue to the class. I also teach students how to use Praat, an open-source acoustic analysis program, to analyze their own pronunciation.

iLab classroomIn addition to teaching phonetics/pronunciation to groups of up to 48 students, I teach Academic Listening and Reading, Thesis Writing, and smaller classes focusing on the use of ultrasound and Praat for speech research.

I use Schoology or Moodle, open-source course management systems, in most of my classes.

In the summer of 2009, I co-taught an articulatory phonetics course at the University of California (Berkeley) as part of the 2009 Linguistic Institute of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA).