The development of American English as a Second Pronunciation (AEASP) began in response to a perceived need for a low-cost, community-based learning program that could help adult ESL students to become more comfortable with their American-English pronunciation.
The primary goal of the program has always been to support a self-directed, life-long learning approach to the development of pronunciation skills. To achieve this learning goal, ESL students are first exposed to the basic terms and concepts of articulatory phonetics and prosody, and then introduced to free, web-based pronunciation resources.
This strategy was first applied in a classroom setting during the fall/spring of 2007/2008 with the support of the Adult Education Center of the State College Area School District, State College, Pennsylvania. http://www.scasd.org/2497_12012109515/site/default.asp.
The response was very positive based on informally measured rates of participation and satisfaction. However, the resources needed to continue offering the program were limited. To get the most out of learning materials that had already been developed, and to reach a wider audience, it was decided to transfer the program to cd after adjusting the content to better fit a computer-based mode of delivery.
The program was again offered to adult ESL learners during the 2008/2009 school year as a stand-alone cd learning product. Again, the feedback was positive.
At the end of Spring 09 the entire content of AEASP was uploaded to the Web and made available free of charge to anyone with internet access.
In order to help AEASP participants to better improve their meta linguistic awareness, 3D video animations were designed and added to the lessons on vowel
and consonant pronunciation during the spring and summer of 2012.
To date, AEASP.com has over 400 visitors per month from all over the world. The program's designer, Chris Opall, will continue to monitor the program's impact and effectiveness.
Program content & web design by Chris Opall © 2011 Last Updated July 28, 2012