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Articles on pronunciation

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

Reading out loud

As a teacher I had always perceived 'reading aloud' as a 'taboo' in the EFL classroom since it focuses specifically on a 'bottom-up' approach where learners can fall into traps of worrying about 100% comprehension or simply read aloud without understanding the text.

Flashcards

How do you use flashcards in your class? Watch Vikki, and then let us know how you use them by leaving a comment below. Remember to check out our flashcard maker too!

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.

Evaluating speaking - Part 2 - speaking article

Evaluating speaking - Part 2

This article is in three parts. The first part has already looked at what a speaker needs to be able to do to use spoken English as an effective form of communication. This second part now looks at whether these different elements can be evaluated formally, and what ways there are to do this.

Evaluating speaking - speaking article

Evaluating speaking

This article looks at what a speaker needs to be able to do in order to use spoken English as an effective form of communication.

Rhythm

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

Register and degrees of formality - methodology article

Register and degrees of formality

There seems to be a widely held belief that English, in common with the British who speak it, is a very formal language. In my experience, English does not seem any more or less formal than other languages.

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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?

Evaluating speaking - Part 2 - speaking article

Evaluating speaking - Part 2

This article is in three parts. The first part has already looked at what a speaker needs to be able to do to use spoken English as an effective form of communication. This second part now looks at whether these different elements can be evaluated formally, and what ways there are to do this.

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. 

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.

Young learners and the phonemic chart - pronunciation article

Young learners and the phonemic chart

Hopefully if we start educating learners from a young age they will be more comfortable with phonemic script and see the benefits of it when they are older and more self-aware learners.

Teaching the schwa

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

Rhythm

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

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.

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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?

Drilling 1 - methodology article

Drilling 1

This is the first part of an article on drilling, a technique that has been used in foreign language classrooms for many years. It was a key feature of audio lingual approaches to language teaching which placed emphasis on repeating structural patterns through oral practice.

Drilling 2 - methodology article

Drilling 2

This is the second part of an article on drilling, a technique that has been used in foreign language classrooms for many years. It was a key feature of audio lingual approaches to language teaching which placed emphasis on repeating structural patterns through oral practice.

English sentence stress - pronunciation article

English sentence stress

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

Evaluating speaking - speaking article

Evaluating speaking

This article looks at what a speaker needs to be able to do in order to use spoken English as an effective form of communication.

Evaluating speaking - Part 2 - speaking article

Evaluating speaking - Part 2

This article is in three parts. The first part has already looked at what a speaker needs to be able to do to use spoken English as an effective form of communication. This second part now looks at whether these different elements can be evaluated formally, and what ways there are to do this.

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