The British Council sponsored the live-streaming of the IATEFL Pronunciation SIG - NATECLA London conference 'Accentuate: bringing pronunciation to the fore'. Here we have the session given by Adrian Underhill, on 'Proprioception in learning new sounds, words and connected speech'.

The British Council sponsored the live-streaming of the IATEFL Pronunciation SIG - NATECLA London conference 'Accentuate: bringing pronunciation to the fore'. Here we have the session given by Adrian Underhill.

Pronunciation and speaking are physical activities. Proprioception is the internal awareness of the position of parts of the body and the effort employed in a movement. Adrian Underhill looks at how to use proprioception as a guiding principle in language learning, how to enable learners to connect with the muscles that make new sounds, and how to use ‘easy’ sounds to find ‘difficult’ ones.

Watch all the videos on YouTube

  • Video 1: Proprioception in learning new sounds, words and connected speech
  • Video 2: What is proprioception?
  • Video 3: Proprioception activities for vowels - Part 1
  • Video 4: Proprioception activities for vowels - Part 2
  • Video 5: Proprioception activities for diphthongs and consonants
  • Video 6: Using sounds from one position to discover others
  • Video 7: Word choreography and summary
  • Question 1: What is the best way to incorporate the phonemic chart into lessons?

Watch the recordings of the other presentations in this series:

  • Dealing with accents David Crystal & Ben Crystal.
    Watch the recording.

  • Doing things with sounds. Practical pronunciation activities for your classroom - Mark Hancock.
    Watch the recording.

  • What to teach before you teach sounds - Piers Messum
    Watch the recording