November 2015

Draw Me a Picture: Pronunciation Tools for Visual Learners

My passion is making English pronunciation simple and accessible for every level of ESL/EFL learner. A few years ago a TD Bank executive told me she was a visual learner and asked me to draw her a picture of the process I use for teaching Speaking.  My whole world changed forever. What does a picture of language acquisition look like? The 6-Point Model for Speaking English sprung forth and every aspect of language learning from the historical breakdown between Writing and Speaking in 1476 and the 6-Point Model (which is essentially the road map to fluency), to Venn diagrams on how English compares to other major languages could all be represented in pictures.

Draw Me a Picture title page    New friends at Medicine Hat College, Brooks Campus October 2015

New friends at Medicine Hat College, Brooks Campus, October 2015

This presentation features a series of images that show how to teach learners to speak English quickly and confidently using simple tools they already have – ABC’s and Colors. Since  Draw Me a Picture was presented at TESL Canada 2015 and TESL Ontario 2015 we have been inundated with requests for Teacher Training workshops and webinars for 2016.

If you are interested in more information on this exciting learning process send me an email:

In 2016  we are booking Seminars in Calgary, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City and anywhere else you want to learn about these tools.

Until next time,

Teacher Judy

Pictures of a Language? New Way to Look at English!

“Draw me a picture” the VP of TD Bank asked me as I tried to explain to her the difference between Written and Spoken English and why we are so unsuccessful teaching pronunciation. That not-so-simple request changed my life and how I looked at languages. Seeing how English works has changed the way learners understand English and makes English easier to teach and learn.

The TESL Canada 2015 Conference was my first opportunity to showcase some of the images the team at Thompson Language Center has created to show:

  1. How and when English was fractured into two languages (Writing and Speaking) – History of English
  2. Where the two halves of English intersect – Vennglish
  3. The ThompsonVowel Chart that explains Pronunciation, Word Stress and Linking at a glance
  4. The Six-Point Model for Speaking English that maps the road to fluency
  5. Rita Baker’s Global Approach with every possible grammar configuration in her Grammar Triangles

Last but not least, the new Venn Language Series with the first three images in a comprehensive collection that visually compares English to  all other major languages starting with Spanish, French and Arabic.

      History of English  Vennglish final

               EPA 2015 04 02         Six Point Model

                 Rita's Triangles              EnglishSpanish


For more information or copies of these fabulous diagrams send your request by email to

Until next time,

Teacher Judy