How about going another step with the suggestions you have already
received, and having the student tape herself while reading aloud/speaking?
Again, having a person who is sensitive to her needs and with whom she
feels comfortable work with her to debrief the tape may ease her anxiety.

Best wishes!

Renee Mickelson
Lansing Community College
Lansing, Michigan

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Subject:  Spoken English

Dear Fellow Listers,

I have a student who is from a small, rural community where colloquial
language does not adhere to the rules of Standard American English.  She is
making great strides in learning how to write in Standard American English,
but her spoken English is still straight from home.  She would like to
change this in order to avoid the prejudices many people have against
speakers of non-standard dialects.  She is planning to take a public
speaking course next semester, but I think there must be an intermediate
step she could take between now and then.  Any suggestions?

Thanks and a hat tip,


Laura Symons
Academic Resource Center
Sweet Briar College
Sweet Briar, Virginia 24595
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