Pronunciation

Top Ten Tips for Teaching Pronunciation

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1 Know your objective. Pronunciation is about being understood by people all over the globe. It’s not about pretending to be American or British. You don’t need to teach every small detail of the way they speak in the US or UK – very few learners will ever learn that, and there is no reason to anyway. English is a world language now – it doesn’t belong to any particular country.

Pronunciation: muscle, mind, meaning, memory

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Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 12:45
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APAC
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Barcelona
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Download slides and other materials at the bottom of this page! Pronunciation crosses two domains: it is part language - like grammar or vocabulary, and part skill - like speaking or listening. This unique position makes pronunciation teaching interestingly varied – and potentially very enjoyable too.

Mazes, maps, rhymes and raps

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Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:00
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Cultura Inglesa Teacher's Colloquium
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Online
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Download the materials for the IP Athens workshop at the bottom of the page. Find lots more materials here. Find a video of Mark teaching with these materials here.

Pronunciation: muscle, mind, meaning, memory

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Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 16:00
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British Council Webinar
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FREE WEBINAR!: Watch a recording here! Pronunciation is multi-faceted on account of its unique position on the boundary of language and skill, and the fact that it is both productive and receptive.

PronPack wins ESU Award

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 18:30
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Our books PronPack 1-4 have been awarded a prize from the English Speaking Union in recognition of their contribution to teaching spoken English. The books won the runners up prize in the category of teaching resources. The prestigious ESU prizes are awarded every two years.

Hit or Heat Maze Puzzle

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This is a free sample activity from PronPack.

Post-ELF Pronunciation Teaching

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Friday, October 12, 2018 - 18:00
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7th ELT Malta Conference
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Intercontinental Malta, St George's Bay, St Julian's
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In this talk, I will aim to make some of the following points: 1. Not all pronunciation features are of equal importance for intelligibility. 2. The more common an accent variant, the more likely it is to be understood. 3. English has become a global lingua franca: “post-ELF” pronunciation teaching assimilates this fact. 4. Mutual intelligibility does not depend on accent homogeneity.

Post-ELF Pronunciation Teaching

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Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 16:00
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English Language Teaching Centre, University of Sheffield
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78 Hoyle Street, Sheffield, S3 7LG
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In this talk, I will try to explain and illustrate the following conclusions: 1. Not all pronunciation features are of equal importance for intelligibility. 2. The more common an accent variant, the more likely it is to be understood. 3. English has become a global lingua franca: “post-ELF” pronunciation teaching assimilates this fact.

English Speaking Union Awards

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 18:30
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Since 1971, the English-Speaking Union has celebrated awards for the highest quality English language teaching resources.

Post-ELF Pronunciation Teaching Poland

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Friday, September 21, 2018 - 14:45
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IATEFL Poland
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27th IATEFL Poland Conference Wrocław
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What does pronunciation teaching look like, once we assimilate the basic fact that English is a global lingua franca? In this presentation, we will explore that question. We will look at which aspects of pronunciation are essential for intelligibility and which aspects are more optional. We will look in more detail at how this distinction manifests itself on a phonemic chart.

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