Pronunciation

Pronunciation Games for Spanish Speakers

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Event date: 
Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 12:30
Venue: 
IV Arenas Teaching Symposium
Location: 
Colegios Arenas, Facultad Filologia, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
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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 Teaching up North

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Event date: 
Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 12:15
Venue: 
English UK North Academic Conference
Location: 
LILA, New Barratt House, 47 North John Street, Liverpool L2 6SG
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Do you speak and teach in a standard RP accent? How bad is it if you don’t? In this session, we will look at a phonemic chart and how it is organised.  We will then consider some of the ways the sounds are different in the North of England.

Practical Pronunciation

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - 14:00
Venue: 
NILE Guest Lecture
Location: 
INTO, Bridgewater House, Manchester
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The slides from the talk can be found below. Also, check out the 'Materials' section of this website to see full downloads, including audio in some cases, and lesson plans for some of the activities demonstrated in the talk.

Doing things with Sounds: practical pronunciation activities for EFL classrooms

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Friday, May 22, 2015 - 11:15
Venue: 
English Pronunciation Issues & Practices 4
Location: 
Prague
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This event is the 4th International Conference on English Pronunciation: Issues and Practices. See a review of the conference here.

In this talk, we'll be looking at individual sounds and things we and our students can do with them. These will include:

Pronunciation to go: learning to learn from the dictionary

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Event date: 
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 13:30
Venue: 
IATEFL
Location: 
Manchester; Exchange 9
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(pdf of slides below) Proverbial wisdom tells us that if you give someone a fish, they can eat for a day, but if you teach someone to fish, they can eat for a lifetime. It’s a message about the long-term value of learning new skills and becoming independent. A similar thing could be said about pronunciation and dictionaries.

Practical Pronunciation

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Event date: 
Monday, March 16, 2015 - 15:00 to Friday, March 20, 2015 - 17:15
Venue: 
Presenting Oxford Advanced Learners' Dictionary 9
Location: 
Italy
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The slide show of this talk can be found on the PDF below. In this talk, we will focus on pronunciation at three levels – 1 sounds, 2 words, and 3 phrases. For each of these, we will look at some of the typical problems for Italian learners, and try out some fun activities for raising awareness of these.

Doing things with Sounds: practical pronunciation activities for EFL classrooms

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Event date: 
Friday, March 6, 2015 - 19:00
Venue: 
TESOL Spain
Location: 
Salamanca
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I'm delighted to be presenting at TESOL Spain this year on the topic of pronunciation. This year, we'll be looking at individual sounds and things we and our students can do with them, including experimenting and imagining, representing and exploring, and playing and communicating.

Doing things with Sounds: practical pronunciation activities for EFL classrooms

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Event date: 
Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 11:30
Venue: 
Accentuate (Pronsig/NATECLA)
Location: 
British Council, Spring Gardens, London
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See a video of this talk here. Each language has a repertoire of sounds which are used to make meaningful distinctions. When teaching the sounds of English, we need to keep that practical purpose in mind.

Pronunciation for Listeners Webinar

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Event date: 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 16:00
Venue: 
Delta Webinar
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Think you heard it all? Think again! Expert listeners don't hear it all. They hear what's needed and disregard the 'noise'. But L2 listeners have to learn what counts as 'noise' in the target language. It’s not the ‘difficult’ words that present the biggest problem; it’s the ‘easy’ ones that are pronounced in unexpected ways.

Pronunciation Play

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Event date: 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 10:45
Venue: 
Serbia Summer Seminar
Location: 
Borsko Jezero
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Spoiler alert! Read no further if you´re going to attend this talk and rather like surprises! In this talk, we will take a playful approach to the teaching of pronunciation. We will see how the playfulness may lie one the one hand in the materials we use, as in the case of word-play, rhymes, chants and so on, and on the other hand, in the tasks we set up, as in the case of games and puzzles.

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