ISAASE Name Pronunciation Guide

by Dr. Punita Rice Teaching

Name Pronunciation Guide

Having your name pronounced correctly is a big deal. But, as I wrote a post over at the website for my outreach organization, ISAASE, it can be an overwhelming task for a teacher to be expected to perfectly pronounce an entire (or multiple) rosters of complicated, foreign names. If you’re interested, here’s an excerpt from the ISAASE Name Pronunciation Guide, (for context):

“Pronouncing names correctly is a big deal… So what’s a teacher to do during pre-service week, when she or he is handed a roster of difficult-to-pronounce names? And for the secondary education set — who are often responsible for over a hundred students — multiple rosters of difficult-to-pronounce names?”

The rest of the post is the actual guide to pronouncing names correctly, with practical strategies for getting names right the first time (and as time goes on), without having to memorize all the possible phonetic combinations in naming patterns of every culture you interact with. You can read the rest of the reasoning for why it’s important, plus the actual guide to pronouncing names correctly, here, or download a PDF of the file directly by clicking here.

Name Pronunciation Guide

P.S. – Here’s a post about the work of ISAASE, and here’s one about our “Be Inspired” project.

About the Author

Dr. Punita Rice

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Dr. Punita Rice is a wife and mama, an education researcher, a writer, the founder and director of ISAASE, and an advisor with Johns Hopkins University School of Education's Doctor of Education program. Her work centers around multicultural education and equity, and South Asian American experiences in school. You can read more about Punita and her work here. Punita also writes about life, culture, education, and motherhood here on her blog. She works from home in Maryland, and drinks a great deal of coffee.