Welcome to eslMaxx! Here you will find unique and effective learning modules to help you improve your
pronunciation, speaking and listening skills.
You will also find the most common idioms, phrases and
expressions native speakers use to communicate with each other.
All eslMaxx learning modules feature audio, video, graphics and animations, so learners use their eyes
as well as their ears to learn. This program is based on materials developed for and tested in the
classroom. There are no gimmicks.
In eslMaxx, you will work with material that is constantly being added to and which has repeatedly been
proven to work in the classroom.
section includes close up videos of a native speaker’s mouth pronouncing
every sound in English, both in isolation and within words. Learners can drag the videos back and forth at any speed they want to
study the changing shape of the mouth. Learners using a webcam can display their mouth on the screen and
practice mimicking the movements of the native speaker’s mouth.
Animations of the front and side of the mouth demonstrate the position
of the jaw, lips and
. These are accompanied by a complete description of what every part of the mouth is doing when the sound
section uses audio and text animations to demonstrate the many ways spoken English does not sound
the way it looks!
Learners practice blending vowels between syllables and words, omitting various sounds,
blending blocked and continuant consonants with vowels and much more.
modules uses mouth animations and minimal pairs to focus on sounds learners have
difficulty distinguishing from each other such as /r/ and /l/ or the vowel sounds in heat and hit. Some
problems are very common; others are more specific to learners who speak the same native language. Focusing
on pronouncing these sounds improves a learner’s speaking ability and also helps them to hear the difference
The following four modules make use of audio and text animations to show how words and phrases actually sound
and should be spoken:
focuses on the use of schwa /ə/
, the reduced vowel, There are also sections
on common phrases and formal and informal contractions.
module gives instruction in common patterns of sound including aspiration, syllabic consonants,
consonant clusters, r-controlled vowels, glottal stops and more.
module focuses on syllables
, vowel stress and
, stress patterns, and the use of intonation
words to communicate contrast, surprise, emotion, hesitation and more.
section combines all of the elements of pronunciation featured in the modules and gives them
real world context. Each dialogue introduces idioms
, phrasal verbs
, and common expressions
. Learners can
listen to and read the dialogues and click on phrases to bring up text animations for detailed analysis and
. Each phrase includes language use and grammar notes
with a focus on common errors
The blog discusses important grammar and writing skills, as well as pronunciation points, and provides tasks
so learners can immediately practice what they have studied. Upon registering for free, learners may comment
on the blog, which allows a community of individuals to interact with each other and to share ideas and learn
together. Many of the lessons and practices in the blog are based on material that has been designed for and
tested in the classroom. Much of it was developed in response to student’s questions.
The podcasts include lectures, interviews, and answers to learner’s questions. They provide audio recordings
on various topics, which give examples of spoken language for learners to practice with. These include
transcripts and questions for further study.
While working extensively with the learning modules in this program, learners see results:
- Clear pronunciation
of all the sounds of English with an ability to distinguish between sounds that seem
- Skill in blending
and an increase in fluency
so learners can speak longer phrases smoothly and accurately.
- Ability to detect and use higher level aspects of pronunciation including stress
to communicate emotions and abstract ideas
- Greater comprehension
of increasingly longer discourse
- Skill in pronunciation for effective communication!