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Many of these Articles have appeared in a variety of English Language Teaching publications and here we continue to write for teachers and colleagues in the field of ELT.

Pronunciation and Phonetics Review

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English Language Teaching Journal 68/4
Pronunciation and Phonetics by Adam Brown

This review of Adam Brown's book Pronunciation and Phonetics first appeared in the ELTJ in October 2014.

On Using the Phonemic Script in Language Teaching

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On Using the Phonemic Script in Language Teaching

Do you use the phonemic script in teaching? If you say, "It depends", what does it depend on? What are the pros and cons of the IPA? What kind of students does it help, and how does it help them? These are some of the issues broached in this paper.

A Map of Pronunciation Teaching

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IATEFL Pronunciation SIG newsletter 'Speak Out', Issue 50, Feb 2014
A Map of Pronunciation Teaching

There is an Indian parable in which a number of blind men set out to discover what an elephant is like. Each feels a different part of the

Motivational Teaching: Value and Success-Expectation

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BRAZ-TESOL Newsletter
BRAZ-TESOL Vol 03.2013

Students in different educational settings, for example, private language institutes or mainstream education, present teachers with different motivational challenges. I’ve taught learners in both settings and found that Expectancy-Value theories, the most researched factors in the area of motivation, have helped me generate and maintain motivation in my classrooms.

5 Pronunciation Games for Brazil

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New Routes (DISAL), May 2013

This is an article which featured in the online magazine New Routes.

A Chat about Pronunciation, ELF and listening

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Mark Hancock, in an interview with Andi White for IATEFL Online, talks about English as a Lingua Franca and about pronunciation as a listening skill. Read the transcript on the PDF below and/or listen to the podcast below. Or watch the video of the interview on IATEFL Online.

A Map of ELT

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Modern English Teacher Vol 22 No.1
Mark Hancock's Map of ELT revised

There are so many ideas and concepts in ELT competing for our attention that sometimes it's hard to see the wood for the trees.This article and map is intended as a way of keeping the big picture in view. Below, you will find a PDF of the shorter article, as published in the MET. You will also find the more complete article written up after the plenary talk at TESOL Spain.

ELT Pronunciation for Spanish speakers (Collection)

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TESOL Spain Newsletter

Mark Hancock and Victor Pavón wrote these articles under the title 'Pronzone' for the TESOL Spain newsletter.

Pronunciation as a Listening Skill

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Pronunciation is not only about the mouth, but also the ears. And, with English being a global language, the ears must learn to be flexible in order to make sense of all those varieties of spoken English out there. This article is about helping learners to deal with this variety.

Language Teaching in a European Context (II)

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TESOL SPAIN Newsletter 2002

In this second TESOL SPAIN article on the Common European Framewrok of Reference (CEFR), I consider the scaling of communicative proficiency using traditional lables (for example Elementary or Pre-intermediate) and CEFR levels (A1, A2, etc.).

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