Pronunciation

Pronunciation for Iconoclasts

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Event date: 
Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 10:00
Venue: 
Joint PronSIG / GI SIG event
Location: 
Africa Centre, London
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Pronunciation teaching is sometimes held back by an unhelpful insistence on the phonetic detail of target models. Some features, such as the schwa for example, seem to almost acquire the status of icons. What happens if we knock these icons off their pedestals? This presentation will start a day of talks brought together by IATEFL's Pronunciation SIG and Global Issues SIG.

The Complete Pronunciation Workout

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Event date: 
Friday, October 13, 2017 - 16:00
Venue: 
The Language Show, TEFL stage
Location: 
London
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Pronunciation teaching can be a joy, but we need to get away from listen-and-repeat routines and approach it from fresh angles. In this lively presentation, we will try out a variety of activities, from puzzles and games to workouts and raps. There's a PDF of the slides below, as well as the backing rhythm used in the rap. Thanks to Sergio Juan Gomez for the photo!

The Vowel Hexagon

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Event date: 
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 12:30
Venue: 
Universidad Nacional de la Plata, V Jornadas Internacionales de Fonetica y Fonologia
Location: 
Buenos Aires
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In this talk, I will present a pedagogical chart of English vowels set in a hexagon figure. I will explain the rationale behind the design, which is based on a system of rings and spokes, with the long vowels in the outer ring, the short vowels in the inner ring and the schwa at the centre.

Zoom Webinar

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Event date: 
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 14:00
Venue: 
Zoom Room, 14:00 Argentina time
Location: 
Buenos Aires
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This webinar has been organized by Stella Palavecino of the IES en Lenguas Vivas Juan Ramon Fernandez and hosted by Veronica Pintos of the British Council, both in Buenos Aires. Here's a summary of the main argument. You'll find the slides on a pdf below, and an MP3 of the rap, and a second karaoke version.

Accent: are we bovvered?

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Event date: 
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 10:15
Venue: 
IATEFL Glasgow
Location: 
Boisdale 1, Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre (SECC) Exhibition Way, Glasgow G3 8YW
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There is a write-up of this talk here. Accent can be a problem in English teaching. Which accent do we take as a model? Must it be a native-speaker accent? Must it be a prestige accent?

The Complete Pronunciation Workout

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Event date: 
Friday, March 17, 2017 - 11:30
Venue: 
Nationaal Congres Engels
Location: 
Ede, Netherlands
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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. Participants will try out example activities and discuss them. You can download the slides below.

Pronunciation for Listeners

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Event date: 
Monday, February 6, 2017 - 14:00
Venue: 
University of Chester
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In this session, we look at pronunciation from the perspective of listening. Find the slides on a PDF below. Here are links to some of the materials used in the talk.

The "Lost" Rap

A song-based Mondegreen activity

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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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
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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.

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