I was interviewed at the British Council about my career, opinions on ELT in general, and specifically about pronunciation.

I was interviewed at the British Council about my career, opinions on ELT in general, and specifically about pronunciation. You can find the pronunciation discussion from 18 minutes onwards.

 

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Many thanks for sharing your insights into teaching with us.
I've posted a comment on the "physicality of pronunciation" blog you wrote. It's great!
georgina

Quite interesting views on class engagement, but I do not agree that all pronunciation should be approximated to BBC standards.I think it's great that Irish, American, Spanish, German or Russian pronunciation is a bit different from standards of BBC!

Did I say that? If I did then I disagree with myself! And I agree with you Konstantin! But perhaps you are making the pint more generally. Yes, I think we need to promote a wide range of global accents, and it is more interesting and useful when we do. Also, we teachers no longer take the phonemic symbols to represent just RP sounds. Rather we allow the symbols to have imposed on them the phonetic set of the speaker. Thus for example Nigerian or Australian or Irish speakers of English can all open the same English dictionary, look at the pronunciation of the same word, see exactly the same set of printed symbols, and all with confidence say that word 'correctly`yet differently in their own accent.