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Pronunciation

Pronunciation

In all my years in the classroom and working as a trainer, pronunciation has been one of the most difficult areas related to learning English, for learners and teachers alike. Speaking to other teachers or watching them teach, I realise that they're often in the same situation I used to be: trying to teach something related to spoken English which they're not 100% sure about, and which the learners often don't really hear - meaning of course that they have a limited chance to actually speak like that! 

In this workshop, we will consider a few alternative approaches when focussing on pronunciation, and I hope it will help you, when thinking about what pronunciation should mean in your classes, and exactly what you want your learners to achieve when you work on pronunciation. 

You can download all the materials from the workshop in the downloads section on the right. You can complete some of the materials online by taking a look at the activities in the activities section, and if you have any questions or comments about the workshop we would be happy to hear from you. You can add your comments in the discuss section. We hope you enjoy the workshop.

Pronunciation Workshop

The following activities on the topic of pronunciation are intended to help you think about what you learnt from the video.   

 
Activity 1: In this activity, you have to match the activities to whether they help raise awareness about features of pronunciation, help learners understand how the features work or help learners speak better.
Match the activities to their objectives.

Activity 2: In this next activity, look at the different opinions about teaching pronunciation . There are no right or wrong answers, the opinions are intended to get you thinking about how you tackle pronunciation with your learners.
How do you focus on pronunciation in the classroom?

 

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Professional Development - Pronunciation

What do you think?

What did you think of this workshop on pronunciation?

Have you tried the activities with your learners?

What do you find difficult when teaching pronunciation? 

Have you got any ideas or tips on teaching pronunciation that you would like to share with other teachers?

 

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mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
17/07/2020
TR
6351
points

I find teaching intonation and sentence stress a tricky area of teaching because it can have different meanings and some of them might sounds a bit rude.


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mobeckham
17/07/2020 00:11
Turkey
Manchester United
6351

I find teaching intonation and sentence stress a tricky area of teaching because it can have different meanings and some of them might sounds a bit rude.

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mobeckham
17/07/2020
TR
6351
points

I have tried some of the activities like Dictation and how many words but in a slightly different way.


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mobeckham
17/07/2020 00:10
Turkey
Manchester United
6351

I have tried some of the activities like Dictation and how many words but in a slightly different way.

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mobeckham
16/07/2020
TR
6351
points

The workshop was incredibly introduced and presented.
All the credits goes to Rob and his team.
Much appreciated :)


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mobeckham
16/07/2020 23:12
Turkey
Manchester United
6351

The workshop was incredibly introduced and presented.
All the credits goes to Rob and his team.
Much appreciated :)

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kwesimanifest
04/06/2016
GH
4754
points

When pronouncing words too its origin must be considered so the pronunciation sounds right


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kwesimanifest
04/06/2016 23:37
Ghana
Manchester United
4754

When pronouncing words too its origin must be considered so the pronunciation sounds right

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
04/06/2016
GH
4754
points

Pronunciation should be made by breaking words into syllabus


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kwesimanifest
04/06/2016 23:34
Ghana
Manchester United
4754

Pronunciation should be made by breaking words into syllabus

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MUGEMANYI
15/11/2015
RW
2320
points

I normally use this video for my self studies


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MUGEMANYI
15/11/2015 10:54
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

I normally use this video for my self studies

For
19/10/2015
ZW
298
points

I'm not a teacher, but this is a very interesting tip to be used. Btw, I'm getting used to your accent.., I've been listening to you on futurelearn(dot)com also.


For
19/10/2015 04:57
Zimbabwe
Arsenal
298

I'm not a teacher, but this is a very interesting tip to be used. Btw, I'm getting used to your accent.., I've been listening to you on futurelearn(dot)com also.

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Goals

To define 'pronunciation' in terms of the areas and features it covers in the context of the English language classroom

To look at practical ways of integrating useful pronunciation practice into lessons

To raise learners' awareness of different pronunciation features such as intonation, stress and linking

To consider how material from the Premier Skills English website can be exploited for pronunciation practice