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Articles on pronunciation

Find out more about rhythm, word stress, connected speech and much more in the articles below.

Connected speech - pronunciation article

Connected speech

Teaching pronunciation used to involve little more than identifying and practising the sounds of which a language is composed, that is to say, its phonemes.

Connected speech 2 - pronunciation article

Connected speech 2

An advanced student of mine speaks both clearly and usually correctly, but can often sound over formal and at times stilted.

Developing pronunciation through songs

Like us, you might already use songs in class, and find that your students enjoy them. But have you considered choosing songs specifically to work on pronunciation?

English sentence stress - pronunciation article

English sentence stress

Sentence stress is a difficult area to work on for learners and teachers alike.

Global English and the teaching of pronunciation

The emergence of so many different kinds (or 'varieties') of international English has caused a number of linguists to question the use of native speaker pronunciation models in the teaching of English.

Integrating pronunciation into classroom activities

Pronunciation work has traditionally taken a secondary role in language teaching to work on grammar and more recently lexis.

Intonation

Intonation is crucial for communication. It's also a largely unconscious mechanism, and as such, a complex aspect of pronunciation.

Phonemic symbols

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Integrating pronunciation into classroom activities

Pronunciation work has traditionally taken a secondary role in language teaching to work on grammar and more recently lexis.

Global English and the teaching of pronunciation

The emergence of so many different kinds (or 'varieties') of international English has caused a number of linguists to question the use of native speaker pronunciation models in the teaching of English.

Pronunciation - the poor relation? - pronunciation article - guest writers

Pronunciation - the poor relation?

The point I want to make is that pronunciation teaching has been neglected and that we have all lost out through this. 

Teaching the schwa

If you only learn or teach one phoneme, make sure it's the most common English sound - the schwa.

Phonemic symbols

Using the chart for autonomous learning

Sound and spelling correspondence

Voiced and unvoiced consonants

Vocabulary recycling and revision of phonemic symbols

Rhythm

Rhythm is both a feature of and product of the phonological structure of English. 

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