PronPack

Appeared in: 
The CATESOL Journal 30.1
Review by: 
Ellen Rosenfield
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In Hancock’s latest work, PronPack, he delivers a marvellous collection of classroom-ready online materials for teaching and practicing key features of English pronunciation.

The chapters devoted to suprasegmentals, such as word stress and connected speech, are among my favourites – partly because of their very clever design.

The clear and sometimes whimsical visuals are a key strength of Mark Hancock’s materials. Nowhere is this skill in graphic design better illustrated than in his cleverly designed hexagon vowel chart, which begins each of the four books. What is ingenious about this chart is that it builds on the familiar IPA trapezoid vowel charet, based on the idea of “front vowels” and “back vowels” with phonic-based concepts of “short” and “long” vowels... Probably the most striking innovation in this series is the above mentioned focus on phonics...  most pronunciation materials for English language learners pay little attention to spelling or to the rules that relate sound to spelling.

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