Pronunciation

Pronunciation for Listeners

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Event date: 
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 14:00
Venue: 
Driestar conference
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Houten, Netherlands
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Pronunciation is just as important for listening as for speaking. In this workshop, we will look at what features make connected speech difficult to follow. We will try out a series of tasks and games for raising awareness of these features. Finally, I will suggest how teachers can prepare their own micro-listening activities.

The Complete Pronunciation Workout

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Event date: 
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 10:30
Venue: 
50th IATEFL conference
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The ICC, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EA (Hall 9)
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Sometimes pronunciation deserves more than a passing correction or one-off task. In this workshop, we will see how pronunciation points can be worked on from various different angles, in coherent and enjoyable task sequences.

Pronunciation Games for France

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Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 14:00
Venue: 
TESOL France Colloquium 2015
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Telecom ParisTech, 46 rue Barrault, 75013 Paris, France
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We will look at features of pronunciation which are relevant for French learners of English. These will include vowels, consonants, spelling patterns, word stress, rhythm, tonic stress and connected speech. Each feature will be explained and demonstrated with an example game. Get the sound charts and other classroom material here.

Pronunciation Teaching in the UK

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Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 12:30
Venue: 
English UK Teacher's Conference 2015
Location: 
Prospero House, London
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In this session, I will deal with the question of how pronunciation teaching can be flexible  enough to accommodate different varieties of English. We will focus on individual sounds, and I will begin by presenting a new phonemic chart and explain how it is organized. We will then look at areas of the sound  system which are particularly prone to variation across different UK accents.

American Sound Chart

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This version of the Pronpack Sound Chart uses the symbols for the American sound system as used in Celce-Murcia, Brinton and Goodwin Teaching Pronunciation, CUP 1996. The r-coloured vowels are given as separate hexagons.

Pronpack Sound Chart explained

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This infographic gives a brief explanation of how the new Pronpack Sound Chart is organized. You can download colour or black and white versions below. Download versions of the actual chart/poster itself here:

1. The version with phonemes and guide words in colour or black and white.

Antiphonetic sound chart

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This version of the Pronpack sound chart uses typical spellings rather than phonemic symbols. Use this version if the phonemic symbols seem to be too hard for your students to take on board. You can download versions below with or without pictures, black and white or colour.

Pronpack Sound Chart

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This is a new phonemic chart of the sounds of English for the classroom wall or to hand out to students. You can download it below.

Pronpack Sound Chart with pictures

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This wall chart includes the sounds of English with pictures illustrating example words. Get the students to say what the example words are! Download below.

Pronunciation Teaching up North

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Event date: 
Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 12:15
Venue: 
English UK North Academic Conference
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LILA, New Barratt House, 47 North John Street, Liverpool L2 6SG
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Do you speak and teach in a standard RP accent? How bad is it if you don’t? In this session, we will look at a phonemic chart and how it is organised.  We will then consider some of the ways the sounds are different in the North of England.

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