Pronunciation

IPA: Symbols of Power?

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Event date: 
Friday, March 20, 2020 (All day)
Venue: 
IATEFL 2020
Location: 
Manchester
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Phonemic symbols – we love them or hate them, but often for the wrong reasons. For some, they are symbols of an elite accent which is not our own. But there is an alternative way of viewing them which is less prescriptive and more tolerant of accent variation. From this angle, they can be symbols of empowerment.

IPA: Symbols of Power?

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Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 10:00
Venue: 
TESOL Spain
Location: 
Salamanca
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Phonemic symbols – we love them or hate them, but often for the wrong reasons. For some, they are symbols of an elite accent which is not our own. But there is an alternative way of viewing them which is less prescriptive and more tolerant of accent variation. From this angle, they can be symbols of empowerment.

Mazes, Maps, Rhymes & Raps: Pronunciation Made Practical

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Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 12:45
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IH Barcelona
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Pronunciation teaching can be a joy – it doesn’t have to be all complicated theory and difficult symbols. With a playful and experimental approach, it can be a part of the lesson that your students look forward to most. In this session, we will take a look at some example activities designed to practise some of the pronunciation features that Spanish learners need to focus on.

Pronunciation Teaching Post-ELF

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Friday, February 7, 2020 - 18:00
Venue: 
IH Barcelona
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 Most learners today need English to communicate in a lingua franca (ELF) environment. The recognition of this fact has disrupted pronunciation teaching. What model can learners aspire to if not a ‘native speaker’ model? What can be considered ‘correct’ or ‘incorrect’? In this talk, we will look at what is to become of pronunciation teaching these post-ELF times.

Practical Pronunciation Teaching

Event date: 
Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 14:00
Venue: 
English UK South West Conference 2019
Location: 
Millfield School, Butleigh Road, Street, Somerset BA16 0YD
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In this practical session, I present simple tips on how to give more weight to pronunciation by exploiting the book more thoroughly and supplementing where necessary. The Pasta rap activity is here. The handout, slides and game can be downloaded below.

Mazes, Maps, Rhymes & Raps: Pronunciation Made Practical

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Friday, October 11, 2019 - 11:30
Venue: 
International House Milan Annual Conference
Location: 
Centro Congressi FAST
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Thanks for coming to this talk! The empty worksheet templates and slides from the talk are downloadable at the bottom of this page. The worksheets and audio for the raps are here: The Brothers and Pasta.

Pronunciation Teaching Post-ELF

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Event date: 
Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 11:00
Venue: 
SATEFL 40th Anniversary Celebration
Location: 
The Albert Hall, Dumbarton Road, Stirling, Scotland
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What is to become of pronunciation teachng in these post-ELF times? Thanks for coming to this talk. The slides can be downloaded below. The pronunciation errors diagnosis game can be found here.

Pronunciation that Works

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Event date: 
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 10:30
Venue: 
BELTA Day 2019
Location: 
Erasmushogeschool, Brussels
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In this workshop, we will consider what counts as success in pronunciation, especially in the light of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF). We will then try out some activities which I have found to be successful over 30 years of writing pronunciation materials, and discuss how these can be used in a way which enhances the learner’s communicative success.

Pronunciation: muscle, mind, meaning, memory

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Event date: 
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 14:45
Venue: 
IATEFL Annual Conference & Exhibition – Liverpool, April 2019
Location: 
Room 3a, Echo Arena, Liverpool
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Liverpool: Pronunciation is part language and part skill, part productive and part receptive. This means that we must vary the way we teach it. In this talk, I will explain how we can approach pronunciation teaching from four angles, labelled muscle, mind, meaning and memory. I will demonstrate activities for each of these from the ELTons-award winning books PronPack 1-4.

Pronunciation: muscle, mind, meaning, memory

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Event date: 
Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 16:00
Venue: 
International Publishers Exhibition
Location: 
Divani Caravel Hotel, as. Alexandrou Ave. 2 Athens, Greece
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ATHENS: Find the slides in the PDF download below! See more about PronPack here. See video of Mark teaching a pronunciation class here. Also follow these links for some of the materials used in the talk:

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