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Teaching ESL with a lisp? - August 12th 2012, 12:11 AM

Hey guys, I have a question for anyone who knows about teaching English as a second language.

My friend has recently been talking about teaching English abroad (in China, South Korea, or another country with high demand right now) and I want to support him in that. The only potential problem is, he has a pretty noticeable lisp. He's been to speech therapy for it and it's better than it was when he was a kid, but it's still very apparent. Will this be a problem for him when he's looking for work, or even later on when he is teaching pronunciation?

It's something that occurred to me today, and I don't really intend to talk to him about it unless there's some reason it might be a big problem. So...any insight?

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Re: Teaching ESL with a lisp? - August 12th 2012, 12:28 AM

While I don't know the answer for sure, I can see how it might impede someone from teaching English effectively and might keep them from being allowed to do so.
I would encourage you to bring it up with your friend, and maybe both of you can phone some agencies and ask what their opinion on the matter is. I would assume it would depend on how bad his lisp is.

My friend did actually go teach English in China for quite some time (like 8 years lol) and he said they were actually quite accepting of people's speach difficulties as long as they can pronounce somewhat properly and are understandable (he actually has a strong rural accent which is why we were talking about it).

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