Pronunciation

Developing a Positive Attitude Towards Phonemic Symbols

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TEIS Newsletter Dec 22
Mark Hancock IPA tribute to Magritte

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New review of 50 Tips for Teaching Pronunciation

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Saturday, December 10, 2022 (All day)
New review of 50 Tips for Teaching Pronunciation - hancockmcdonald.com/blog/new-review-50-tips-teaching-pronunciation

Happy to see a new review of Mark Hancock's 50 Tips for Teaching Pronunciation from Jean Arnold in the TESOLANZ Newsletter.

Panama TESOL

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022 - 17:30
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Panama TESOL
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Online
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Plus downloads
Panama TESOL - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/panama-tesol

Mazes, Maps, Rhymes & Raps: Download the slides below. Watch and hear the 'Get Fit' rap here. Get the 'Nightmare Hotel' poem here. Find more videos and raps here.

Announcing a new book!

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Sunday, April 24, 2022 (All day)
Announcing a new book! - hancockmcdonald.com/blog/announcing-new-book

Delighted to announce the arrival of a new member of the PronPack family! Connected Speech for Listeners provides background tips plus a wealth of teaching ideas and materials for dealing in class with the pronunciation of natural spoken English. The main objective is to help learners improve their listening skills.

PronPack: Connected Speech for Listeners

PronPack: Connected Speech for Listeners - hancockmcdonald.com/books/titles/pronpack-connected-speech-listeners

PronPack is an award-winning collection resource books to help teachers focus on English pronunciation in class.

Mark's spelling maze 'g'

Mark's spelling maze 'g' - hancockmcdonald.com/materials/marks-spelling-maze-g
The letter 'g' is a hard sound /g/ in words like 'ago' but a soft sound in words like ages. It's usually soft before 'i' or 'e', but there are some very common exceptions like 'get', 'give' or 'girl'.

Mark's spelling maze 'e'

Mark's spelling maze 'e' - hancockmcdonald.com/materials/marks-spelling-maze-e
A single letter 'e' typically has the same vowel sound as in the words 'best' and 'yes'. But there are plenty of exceptions. For example, it often has a different vowel if it's in an unstressed syllable, or at the end of a word, or before 'y' or 'r', or part of a vowel digraph like 'ea'.

Mark's spelling maze 'o'

Mark's spelling maze 'o' - hancockmcdonald.com/materials/marks-spelling-maze-o
A single letter 'o' typically has the same vowel sound as in the words 'top' and 'stop'. But there are plenty of exceptions. For example, look out for a 'magic e' later in the word, for example 'home'. Or if there's a 'y' or 'w' or an 'r' after the 'o'.

Mark's spelling maze 'u'

Mark's spelling maze 'u' - hancockmcdonald.com/materials/marks-spelling-maze-u
The letter 'u' has a long form as in 'tube', but this is usually spelt with a second vowel letter (in this example, the 'e' at the end). A single 'u' may be the equivalent short vowel sound as in 'push' and 'pull', but usually it's a different vowel sound altogether - the one found in 'up'.

Mark's spelling maze 'y'

Mark's spelling maze 'y' - hancockmcdonald.com/materials/marks-spelling-maze-y
Funny letter, Y – sometimes more like a consonant, other times more like a vowel – as in this maze. Go from Try to Fly only if the ‘y’ sounds like ‘eye’. Easy!

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