Monday, April 9, 2012


As I was going through an ESL catalog the other day, two titles for books on speaking skills caught my eye: “Talk-A-Tivities” and “Pronouncercizing”.

No. NO. NO!!

I understand how challenging it must be to come up with catchy titles for textbooks. I also think it’s a very bad idea to confuse students at this level with made-up words that the general population would consider incomprehensible. It does the students no favors.