Pronunciation

IPA: Symbols of Power?

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Modern English Teacher 29.3 July 2020
Mark Hancock IPA Symbols of Power
This article, which first appeared in Modern English Teacher 29.3 (July 2020), argues for a more democratic use of the IPA phonemic symbols in English language teaching.

Pronunciation and Privilege

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Pronunciation and Privilege by Mark Hancock
This short article is a reflection on the privilege wrongfully enjoyed by 'native speakers' in the world of ELT.

Mazes, Maps, Rhymes & Raps: Pronunciation Made Practical

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Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 12:45
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IH Barcelona
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Pronunciation teaching can be a joy – it doesn’t have to be all complicated theory and difficult symbols. With a playful and experimental approach, it can be a part of the lesson that your students look forward to most. In this session, we will take a look at some example activities designed to practise some of the pronunciation features that Spanish learners need to focus on.

Pronunciation Teaching Post-ELF

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Friday, February 7, 2020 - 18:00
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IH Barcelona
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Mark Hancock at #ihbcnelt

 Most learners today need English to communicate in a lingua franca (ELF) environment. The recognition of this fact has disrupted pronunciation teaching. What model can learners aspire to if not a ‘native speaker’ model? What can be considered ‘correct’ or ‘incorrect’? In this talk, we will look at what is to become of pronunciation teaching these post-ELF times.

IPA: Symbols of Power?

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Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 10:00
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TESOL Spain
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Salamanca. via video link
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Phonemic symbols – we love them or hate them, but often for the wrong reasons. For some, they are symbols of an elite accent which is not our own. But there is an alternative way of viewing them which is less prescriptive and more tolerant of accent variation. From this angle, they can be symbols of empowerment.

Rabbit in a Hat

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This rap is great for practising connected speech. Consonant to vowel links are indicated, plus one vowel to vowel link. You will also see that there are a number of /r/ /h/ minimal pairs in the rap: rat-hat, rabbit-habbit, red-head.

Squabbles

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A phrase usually has one word which is stressed more than the rest. Normally it is the last content word of the phrase. For example, the normal stress on You never help me is on help. It’s not on me because me is not a content word but a function word.

The Weather

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This chant has a waltz rhythm – each stressed syllable is separated by two unstressed syllables. The overall form of the text is a limerick. It has an unusual density of the sound /w/ - a semi-consonant created by movement of the lips.

Video: A classroom demonstration

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Filmed at English in Chester
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In this You Tube Video, Mark demonstrates a series of different classroom activities for presenting and practising the contrast between the vowel sounds in live and leave.

Practical Pronunciation Teaching

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Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 14:00
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English UK South West Conference 2019
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Millfield School, Butleigh Road, Street, Somerset BA16 0YD
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In this practical session, I present simple tips on how to give more weight to pronunciation by exploiting the book more thoroughly and supplementing where necessary. The Pasta rap activity is here. The handout, slides and game can be downloaded below.

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