Twelve American Voices: An Authentic Listening and Integrated-Skills Textbook

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Yale University Press, Oct 1, 2008 - Reference - 176 pages
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DIVDesigned for non-native speakers of English, Twelve American Voices presents a series of entertaining and culturally rich radio documentaries by award-winning producer David Isay. These stories, which were first broadcast on National Public Radio, focus on a range of individuals living and working in contemporary America, from an immigrant Chinese restaurant owner in New York City to an African-American waitress who helped integrate a Southern lunch counter, from the owner of a pawnship–wedding chapel to a retired couple who have become disk jockeys. As students listen to these stories, they hear a variety of regional and ethnic “Englishes” and are introduced to some corners of American culture that are rarely seen in the media.

In addition to transcripts of the documentaries, the book includes thought-provoking exercises that encourage students to analyze the language in the stories and to respond in both oral and written form. A CD of the broadcasts is included. Also available are an instructor’s manual and a cassette for language labs (both free)./div
 

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Contents

1 Hunan Chef
1
2 The Nixie Clerk
11
3 Airplane Ashes
20
4 Chained Girl
30
5 Senior DJs
40
6 Advance Obituaries
51
7 Diaryman
61
8 Passover Wine
71
9 The Joe Franklin Show
81
10 Kippermans Pawnshop and Wedding Chapel
89
11 Woolworths Lunch Counter
100
12 Cynical Santa
109
Answers
119
Transcripts
151
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David Isay is an award-winning radio producer and regular contributor to National Public Radio. He lives in New York City.

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