Articles in April 2019

Humanizing Pronunciation

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Humanising Language Teaching Apr 2019 - Year 21 - Issue 2
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We sometimes dehumanize pronunciation in the way we talk about it. If a learner mispronounces a word, we might say, ‘It isn’t pronounced like that; it’s pronounced …’ (and then we model the ‘correct’ way). In the dictionary, there are transcriptions to tell us how words are pronounced. Talking about weak forms, we might say, ‘In these words, the vowel sound is reduced to a schwa’.

Listening: Problems from Learners' Perspectives

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Humanizing Language Teaching April 2019
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In this article I talk about problems encountered by students 'doing' listening. I share some results from dictation activities, which have opened windows into listeners' minds and brought the results of listening into the classroom for inspection.