Current Homework Assignment

Watch this video, which has many examples of the pronunciation of present and past perfect verb tenses.

Past Homework Assignment

Watch this TED talk called "How to make stress your friend"

Write your answers to the following questions in complete sentences:

1.  Transcribe 1 sentence with y-assimilation.

2.  Transcribe 2 sentences with -ed endings.

3.  What did the speaker use to think about stress?

4.  What should people think about stress?

5.  In the study she discusses, what happened to the participants who viewed stress as helpful?

6.  What is oxytocin (sounds like ox-ee-tow-sin)? Explain what it is and 1 good thing that it does.

Lecture Listening Project

Your Presentation Worksheet is due Tuesday, Nov. 18.

For your project, you must attend 1 presentation on campus and fill out the presentation worksheet.

Upcoming Presentations:

10/31 1:00 p.m. in Pruis Hall  "The Creative Canvas" --this lecture is about being creative to build a brand name.  It would be good for business, PR, Marketing, etc. majors.

11/3 7:00-9:00 p.m. in Student Center Cardinal Hall "Finding Your Passion"

11/4 6:00-8:00 p.m. in CS 187 "Islam and Caring of the Muslim Patient."

11/12 7:30 p.m. in Student Center Cardinal Hall "Preserving and Sustaining a Healthy Earth"

11/14 12:00-1:30 p.m. in Student Center Multipurpose Room (lower level) "Folk songs and social movements"

Extra Practice

Can/can't:  Here are pairs of sentences.  One uses can while the other uses can't.  Can you hear the difference?

Of: "Ran out of" and "in the middle of nowhere" explanation

Modal verb contractions

Stand-up Comedy: Jogging

The Princess Bride (practice with -ed endings, -s endings, and h dropping)

      Click here to read the script to the Princess Bride video clip.

Questions with Wigs (practice with contractions). Click here to see the list of phrases with contractions.  

Videos and Audio

Check out the winning "creative advertisement" video!

Sound Changes

How to pronounce contractions


How to pronounce OF



-ed endings

-s endings


The Bystander Effect Part 1

The Bystander Effect Part 2

Appetite Lecture

Cochlear Implants and Deaf Culture

Disability Stereotypes in Film (from the workshop)

Don't Look Down on Me (from the workshop)

Middle East Lecture (at BSU)


All You Need is Love (Practice with can/can't)

When I Was Your Man by Bruno Mars (practice with "should've")

Rude by Magic! (practice with h-dropping)

Don't You Worry by Swedish House Mafia (Note: the lyrics in the video are NOT correct!)  (practice with -ed and -s endings, practice with y assimilation)

I Knew I Loved You by Savage Garden (practice with y assimilation)

Time of the Season by The Zombies (practice with y assimilation)

Be My Baby Tonight by John Michael Montgomery (practice with y assimilation)