Oral Communication Resources


Conversation Opportunities

Coffee, Tea & English

Coffee, Tea, and English is a weekly event where international students can have a chance to practice their English with native speakers in a casual setting. It is offered on Friday afternoons from 4:30 to 6:00 in the Lobby Cafe of the Gerdin Business Building. The event is co-sponsored by Bridges International, CRU, & International Students and Scholars Office. For more information contact G.P. Foote (Phone: 515-292-7549; Email: gpfoote@gmail.com). 
Bridges International serves the international community of ISU and Ames. (BridgesInternational.com; EveryInternationalStudent.com)

English Together: Daily English Conversations

English Together is an English conversation group that brings together students, faculty, and staff from across ISU to form connections and build community while offering an opportunity for international students and scholars to improve their English.

English Together is a great way to welcome and form connections with international students and scholars. Through this connection you will learn about various cultures and perspectives and help others to improve their English. It's a fun and rewarding experience!

Beginning Monday, September 14th, English Together will meet twice daily, Monday through Friday, 9-10 AM and 5-6 PM in the Memorial Union Pine Room.

Sign Up to Participate (Optional)https://www.isso.iastate.edu/participant_registration

If you have any questions, please contact any of the following:

Silas Pippitt- pippitts@iastate.edu
Rebecca Severin- rseverin@iastate.edu
Kathryn Lundgren- issoprog@iastate.edu


VoiceTown is a multifaceted program that provides individuals with personal coaching to help them improve their English language skills. The lessons are tailored to address individual language difficulties, also focusing on career or discipline specific vocabulary. For more information contact Dr. Nina Rasmusson at nrasmusson@yahoo.com.

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Gillett, A. (2013). Speak English like an American : you already speak English-- now speak it even better!. Language Success Press.


Cameron, S., (2012). Perfecting your English pronunciation. Perfecting your English pronunciation. McGraw-Hill.


Mojsin, L. (2009). Mastering The American Accent. Barron's Educational Series Inc.



Novey, D., & Cowin, E. (1991). Perfect English Pronunciation. Ecco Communications.

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Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab contains hundreds of listening activities on a range of topics.

Elllo listening activities on a range of topics and levels

Academic Oral Presentation Skills on The University of Adelaide's English for Uni

YouPronounce.it YouPronounce.it is a search engine which shows the pronunciation of a search word by presenting YouTube videos where the search word is pronounced.  

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Rachel's English has a number of videos related to pronunciation that go beyond individual sounds to deal with concepts such as linking, reduced sounds, word stress, and intonation.
VoA Learning English provides videos with accompanying lessons to enhance your English listening abilities. The website has an abundance of authentic videos from Voice of America, an international publish broadcaster.

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English Accent Coach is a free online tool for improving your pronunciation of English through your ability to discern vowels and consonants.

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