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.

Modules

A phonetics 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 and movement of the jaw, lips and tongue. These are accompanied by a complete description of what every part of the mouth is doing when the sound is produced.

The linking 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.

The consonants and vowels 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 more clearly.

The following four modules make use of audio and text animations to show how words and phrases actually sound and should be spoken:
Reductions focuses on the use of schwa /ə/, the reduced vowel, There are also sections on common phrases and formal and informal contractions.

The sounds module gives instruction in common patterns of sound including aspiration, syllabic consonants, consonant clusters, r-controlled vowels, glottal stops and more.

The rhythm module focuses on syllables, vowel stress and length, stress patterns, and the use of intonation and focus words to communicate contrast, surprise, emotion, hesitation and more.

The dialogues 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 practice. Each phrase includes language use and grammar notes with a focus on common errors.

Blog

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.

Podcast

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.

Learner Outcomes

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 similar
- 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, intonation, rhythm and focus to communicate emotions and abstract ideas
- Greater comprehension of increasingly longer discourse
- Skill in pronunciation for effective communication!