About the podcast

Just to Be Clear is a podcast by the Tools for Clear Speech program at Baruch College. Each episode of JTBC explores a different aspect of learning and teaching spoken English, and features interviews with TfCS Speech Consultants, expert guests, and Baruch’s own multilingual students. Along the way, we discover connections between language and culture, bust myths about second language learning, and share strategies for improving pronunciation and communication. Accompanying each episode are online practice materials for learners to build fluency, vocabulary, and listening skills.

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JTBC is produced and hosted by TfCS Curriculum Specialist Kim Edmunds. She holds an MA in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University and a BA in Linguistics and Creative Writing from Emory University. She has been working with ESL learners in various capacities for over 8 years, specializing in teaching speaking and pronunciation skills. She enjoys working with English learners in higher education settings, and sharing her passion for finding a voice in a new language. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the NYU School of Professional Studies American Language Institute, and in the Hunter College Master’s in TESOL program.

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Supplemental practice materials for JTBC were created by TfCS Speech Consultant Michelle Kaplan. She holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Maryland and an MA in TESOL from The New School. She has taught in programs in the New York area including The New School, Columbia University, and St. John’s University. She is also the co-host of an ESL podcast called All Ears English. Michelle has a background in media, theatre, music, and comedy, and often incorporates these passions into her classes!

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JTBC is also produced by DJ Dolack, Director of the Tools for Clear Speech (TfCS) Program at Baruch College. He earned a BFA in Writing from Emerson College, and an MFA from Vermont College, Union Institute and University. He came to Baruch in 2006 as a consultant in the College’s Writing Center, and has continued to help improve the communication skills of Baruch students as an adjunct lecturer in the English Department, as well as in his current position at TfCS. He enjoys working with talented students and staff to build an innovative student service like none other!

You can meet the rest of the TfCS Staff on the program website.

Production of JTBC is made possible by The Joseph Drown Foundation. The Foundation’s goal is to assist individuals in becoming successful, self-sustaining, contributing citizens. The Foundation is interested in programs that break down any barrier that prevents a person from continuing to grow and learn. Read more about the Foundation here.