How to Pronounce 'QUIESCENT'- English Grammar


In this episode, we cover the pronunciation of the word quiescent. This word refers to a state of inactivity. Synonyms for quiescent include inactive, idle, at rest, and quiet.

Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next.

This was the most challenging unit of them all. I had a hard time with the mouth diagram, the syllable chart on page 8, and the Manner and place of articulation. I understood the lesson when I pronounced the words and said aloud a sentence when I tried to emphasize an emotion. I never knew how difficult and complicated pronouncing a word could be. I recall my own challenges growing up with a speech problem. In my household we heard only Spanish. As children we were forced not to learn Spanish since our mother was trying to fit in. However, Spanish was spoken around the house, Spanish television was always blasting loud, and Spanish music was always playing in the background. Thus, I grew up learning how to pronounce Spanish words first. When I had to learn how to say words that began with an S sound like school, spaghetti or science, I could not say these words with out putting an \"es\" sound in the beginning. I would end up saying 'eschool' or espaghetti\" or 'escience'. I also struggled with pronouncing 'th' sound like in 'the' or 'through' or 'thorough' . I had a speech therapist teach me how to pronounce these sounds. When I see these challenges come up for my students, I empathize greatly, and I make sure to teach pronunciation to them in a fun way. I had no idea how to teach my students phonology until I read this unit. I was using some of these techniques without realizing it was an actually technique. I would sing the words or the sentence and have my students sing along. I also would have my students play around with sounds by having them say any sound making a sentence with their own made up sounds, before saying a sentence that emphasized an emotion. Then with their own made up sounds they would have to emphasize an emotion and we would have to figure out which emotion it was. So when I came upon this unit, at first I was dreading it but in the end I found it so helpful. I am also happy to know it is okay to teach my students the phonemic alphabet. I already have an idea of what games we will play using this chart. Overall, I found it very useful and helpful. As a teacher, I think it is pertenant to learn phonology and even though teaching ALL of these concepts wouldn't be a great idea it is important the teacher knows them thoroughly. Pronunciation is a common challenge in an ESL classroom, and if the teacher doesn't understand the rules and concepts taught in this unit then that teacher will be neglecting the needs of their students. Although, it was a difficult unit, I am happy that I finally learned it.

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