Pronunciation

ELF: Beyond Dogma and Denial

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Speak Out issue 60
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In this article, I will suggest that following the recognition of English’s role as a global Lingua Franca, there has been an impasse created by two conflicting reactions: dogma and denial. I will discuss the possible implications of ELF for pronunciation teaching goals, and suggest how we can distinguish features which are important for global intelligibility from those which are not.

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 Teaching Post-ELF

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The article in the PDF below discusses pronunciation teaching and how it needs to be modified in a situation where the target language happens to be the global lingua franca. It originally appeared as a series of blog posts on PronPack.com.

The Art of the Chart

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IATEFL Pronsig "Speak Out" Issue 54
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Most teachers of English will have come across a sound chart at some point, but few realise how arbitrary they are. I do not mean 'arbitrary' in the negative sense of 'with no good reason', but rather in the sense that there are choices that the designer has had to make. At every stage in the creation of a chart, the author will have made decisions which could equally well have been otherwise.

Cat Got you Tongue

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Follow this link for my article on imagining the tongue as a cat in vowel sounds work:

https://www.etprofessional.com/cat_got_your_tongue_25769820737.aspx

Pronunciation and Phonetics Review

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English Language Teaching Journal 68/4
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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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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
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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

5 Pronunciation Games for Brazil

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New Routes (DISAL), May 2013
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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. Listen to the talk about pronunciation for listening here.

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