PronPack 1: Pronunciation Workouts

PronPack 1: Pronunciation Workouts -

What are pronunciation workouts?
Pronunciation workouts are extended drills focusing on specific areas of English pronunciation. Think of them like the scales and other exercises which pianists use to improve their fingering technique. Or like a fitness workout which a gymnast might use to tone the muscles. But in the case of pronunciation, it’s the vocal articulators which are getting trained – the tongue, lips, jaw and vocal cords.

What are the benefits of doing these workouts?
The workouts can benefit learners in two different ways – practice and perception.

Practice: The workouts can help the mouth muscles to get accustomed to the unfamiliar movements required to speak in English. New skills are often very difficult at first, but with practice, we gradually get used to them. Think of driving, for example.

Perception: The workouts help learners to notice features of English pronunciation. Because the target pronunciation feature is repeated so often in the workout, it becomes much more obvious. The learner becomes familiar with how it sounds, and how it feels to articulate it. To return to the music metaphor, playing exercises on the piano help the learner develop an intuitive sense of how the notes sound relative to one another, and how the fingers feel while playing them on the keyboard.

What aspects of pronunciation are covered?
The earlier workouts in the book focus on the sound system of English. They serve to familiarize the learners with the system as a whole by exploring the PronPack Soundchart. They explore different regions of the system, such as the short vowels or the stop consonants, and they help the learner to become more aware of the articulators in the mouth and vocal tract. The later workouts in the book focus on suprasegmental features such as word stress, connected speech and tonic stress.

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PronPack 1 FeaturesWhat materials are in the book?
The PronPack Series feature worksheets for the students and teacher's notes for you, there are also audio files for some of the lessons. The support website at provides additional resources for users of PronPack including: downloadable MP3 audio files, print-friendly worksheets, poster versions of the PronPack Sound Charts and Free extra pronunciation activities.

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What formats are available?
The books are available in Paperback and fixed-layout ePub format with additional interactive audio features (dependent on your app/device).

The Paperback version of PronPack 1-4 is available at CreateSpace and Amazon and the ePub version is available from either:
Kobo (Read using the Kobo apps for Android, Apple, Blackberry 10, Kobo Deskstop - Win | Mac, Windows 8
iTunes (To view this iBook, you must have an iOS device eg. iPad, iPhone or iPod touch with iBooks 3 or later and iOS 4.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.)

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Publishing information
Paperback: 978-0995757516
ePub 3: 9780995757554


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61 / 62
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