Pronunciation

Tonic Stress Made Simple

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Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 16:00
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Pronunciation: The Missing Link
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University of Chester, Parkgate Campus
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Tonic stress is a speaker’s use of emphasis to focus a listener’s attention. It’s an aspect of the speaking skill which is often neglected, but is crucial signalling the connections between ideas in both monologues and dialogues. Here’s a quick example:

To be // or not to be

Pronunciation Event in Chester!

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Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 10:00
Pronunciation - hancockmcdonald.com/focus/pronunciation

IATEFL PronSIG is holding an event in the beautiful city of Chester on February 17th. Only 2 hours by train from London, Chester is a place steeped in layers of history, and the event will take place at the city's University. 'Pronunciation: the Missing Link'.

PronPack in Modern English Teacher

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 10:30
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The PronPack Sound Chart isfeatured on the cover Modern English Teacher Volume 27 Issue 1, January 2018. Inside, there is my article on the hexagon vowel chart entitled 'Putting Vowels on the Map'. Plus, there is a review of PronPack by Brian Brennan in Ih Barcelona, including the following comments:

“Hancock’s approach is strikingly innovative”

Review of PronPack in ETP!

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Great to see a review of PronPack in English Teaching Professional (Issue 113, November 2017, pp. 35, 36)
by Steve Hirschhorn in Hungary. Here are a few quotes:

Pronunciation Teaching in a Lingua Franca Context

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Friday, November 24, 2017 - 12:00
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4th International Conference on ESP/EAP/EMI
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4, Leninskiy avenue Moscow, Russian Federation
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Moderator: IATEFL Pronunciation SIG Co-ordinator Wayne Rimmer

Presenters: Robin Walker, Heather Hansen, Mark Hancock

Teaching Tonicity

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Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 13:00
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4th International Conference on ESP/EAP/EMI
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4, Leninskiy avenue Moscow, Russian Federation
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Tonicity is a speaker’s use of stress to focus a listener’s attention. It’s an aspect of pronunciation which is often neglected, but is crucial in getting meaning across. In this session we will look at ways of presenting and practicing this important skill in the language class. The slides can be downloaded below. See more about Mark's books here.

Pronunciation: be a teacher, not a preacher

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Friday, November 17, 2017 - 14:00
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Polo Ditattico, Piazza Oderico da Pordenone 3
Location: 
Rome, Italy
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Pronunciation teaching can be fun, but in a world where English is a lingua franca, we need to take a flexible approach. We can’t simply preach a single ideal target model, instead, we must teach learners to be adaptable, both receptively and productively. In this session, I will demonstrate this. Download the slides from the talk below.

Pronunciation: be a teacher, not a preacher

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Friday, October 20, 2017 - 16:00
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TESOL Spain
Location: 
St Louis University, Madrid campus
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The Vowel Hexagon

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Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 12:30
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Universidad Nacional de la Plata, V Jornadas Internacionales de Fonetica y Fonologia
Location: 
Buenos Aires
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In this talk, I will present a pedagogical chart of English vowels set in a hexagon figure. I will explain the rationale behind the design, which is based on a system of rings and spokes, with the long vowels in the outer ring, the short vowels in the inner ring and the schwa at the centre.

Pronunciation for Iconoclasts

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Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 10:00
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Joint PronSIG / GI SIG event
Location: 
Africa Centre, London
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Pronunciation teaching is sometimes held back by an unhelpful insistence on the phonetic detail of target models. Some features, such as the schwa for example, seem to almost acquire the status of icons. What happens if we knock these icons off their pedestals? This presentation will start a day of talks brought together by IATEFL's Pronunciation SIG and Global Issues SIG.

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