Post-ELF Pronunciation Teaching

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Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 16:00
English Language Teaching Centre, University of Sheffield
78 Hoyle Street, Sheffield, S3 7LG
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In this talk, I will try to explain and illustrate the following conclusions: 1. Not all pronunciation features are of equal importance for intelligibility. 2. The more common an accent variant, the more likely it is to be understood. 3. English has become a global lingua franca: “post-ELF” pronunciation teaching assimilates this fact. 4. Mutual intelligibility does not depend on accent homogeneity. 5. Productive and receptive pronunciation need not be symmetrical. 6. Model-driven pronunciation teaching is neither realistic nor desirable. 7. Nobody (or everybody) is a native-speaker of ELF. 8. There is a continuum from hyper-articulation to ease, and the former favours intelligibility. 9. Some iconic features of ‘native’ pronunciation are optional for intelligibility. 10. Accent prejudice exists and this has implications.


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