Pronunciation

Accent: a Manner of Speaking

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Event date: 
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 11:15
Venue: 
NILE
Location: 
INTO, Whitworth Street, Manchester
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Handouts/downloads to be added after event
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What are accents? How do they vary from place to place? How do they vary over time? What is the connection of accent to social class? What kinds of accent variation are there? What are the implications for language teaching? These are some of the questions we will be looking at in this guest lecture at NILE Manchester.

Teaching Pronunciation - a short course

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Event date: 
Monday, July 4, 2016 (All day) to Friday, July 15, 2016 (All day)
Venue: 
NILE
Location: 
INTO, Manchester, UK
Extra info: 
Plus downloads
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Working on pronunciation can be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is one of the most important ways we can use face-to-face class time. This course aims to give participants an overview of the main issues in pronunciation teaching, including questions of accent, suitable models and evaluation.

Pronunciation Games for Spain

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Event date: 
Saturday, April 23, 2016 (All day)
Saturday, May 21, 2016 (All day)
Location: 
Murcia, Valencia, Spain
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Pronunciation lessons can be both fun and focussed. In this session, we will look at 8 features of English pronunciation which are of particular relevance for Spanish speaking learners of English. These will include vowels, spelling of vowels, consonants, clusters, word stress, stress patterns, tonic syllables and joined up speech.

Pronunciation Games for Spain

Speaker: 
Event date: 
Saturday, April 23, 2016 (All day)
Saturday, May 21, 2016 (All day)
Location: 
Murcia, Valencia, Spain
Extra info: 
Plus downloads
 - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/focus/67
Pronunciation lessons can be both fun and focussed. In this session, we will look at 8 features of English pronunciation which are of particular relevance for Spanish speaking learners of English. These will include vowels, spelling of vowels, consonants, clusters, word stress, stress patterns, tonic syllables and joined up speech.

The Complete Pronunciation Workout

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Event date: 
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 10:30
Venue: 
50th IATEFL conference
Location: 
The ICC, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EA (Hall 9)
Extra info: 
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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.

The Complete Pronunciation Workout

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Event date: 
Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 17:00
Venue: 
TESOL Spain
Location: 
Vitoria-Gasteiz
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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. The handout, slides and audio tracks used in the talk can be downloaded below. The raps are taken from my new book 'PronPack', which is coming soon! Keep checking back!

Pronunciation for Listeners

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Event date: 
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 14:00
Venue: 
Driestar conference
Location: 
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.

Doing Things with Sounds (in Holland)

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Event date: 
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 (All day)
Venue: 
Driestar
Location: 
Netherlands
Extra info: 
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In this talk, we will look at ways of exploring sounds in class, in a way which is both meaningful and fun. The slide show for the talk can be downloaded below. Various versions of the sound chart can be downloaded from here.

Pronunciation Games for France

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Event date: 
Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 14:00
Venue: 
TESOL France Colloquium 2015
Location: 
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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Event date: 
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 12:30
Venue: 
English UK Teacher's Conference 2015
Location: 
Prospero House, London
Extra info: 
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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.

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