Marla Yoshida

Marla Yoshida, M.A. in Linguistics, is an academic coordinator and TEFL instructor at the University of California, Irvine Extension International Programs. She has taught English as a second language for over 25 years in the U.S. and Japan and has done teacher training in the US, Japan, and Korea. She has taught the Teaching Pronunciation Skills class in the TEFL certificate program at UC Irvine Extension for over a decade, in addition to similar classes for groups of teachers from Japan, Korea, Brazil, and Chile. She is especially interested in the use of visual and kinesthetic aids in teaching pronunciation. She is author of the book “Beyond Repeat After Me, Teaching Pronunciation to English Learners” published by TESOL Press.

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Speaking Skills for University Success (Coursera)

As a student in an English-speaking university, you’ll need to speak in many situations, both formal and informal, planned and spontaneous. In this course, you’ll get advice for speaking in many different situations. You’ll learn how to prepare for an academic discussion with classmates and how to lead a [...]
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Writing Skills for University Success (Coursera)

Writing is a vital skill in university classes, whether you’re majoring in history or business management, economics or engineering. In this course, you’ll learn how to write effectively in different academic formats, especially essays and longer research papers. You’ll learn how to choose a topic for a paper, how [...]
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Study Skills for University Success (Coursera)

In this course, you’ll learn about many important skills to support your study, including time management, discovering your own learning styles, and reading more effectively and increasing your vocabulary. You’ll hear some guidelines for studying effectively in online or remote classes, which are becoming more and more popular in [...]
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Vowels of American English Pronunciation (Coursera)

This is the second course of The Pronunciation of American English specialization. In this course, you will learn and practice all of the vowel sounds of American English, including pairs of vowels that may be easy to confuse. Each week you will receive practical advice from successful [...]
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The Music of American English Pronunciation (Coursera)

In this third course of The Pronunciation of American English specialization, you will learn and practice the "music" of American English, the features of pronunciation such as stress, rhythm, and intonation that will help improve your listening comprehension as well as your ability to communicate more clearly. Each week [...]
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Consonants of American English Pronunciation (Coursera)

In this first course of The Pronunciation of American English specialization, you will learn and practice all of the consonant sounds of American English, including some pairs of consonants that are especially tricky. Each week you will receive practical advice from successful English learners and practice an effective [...]
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The Pronunciation of American English Project (Coursera)

In the final course of The Pronunciation of American English specialization, you will complete a final self-reflection project applying what you have learned in the first three courses about consonants, vowels, and the “music” of English. In preparation for the project, you will take a post-test, review all [...]
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Tricky American English Pronunciation (Coursera)

In this course, you’ll practice the sounds of American English that might sometimes be confusing. You'll practice both consonant and vowel sounds. You’ll also learn about the things that give English its special “music,” such as how to stress the right syllable in a word, how to make your [...]
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