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

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

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

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

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

Like us, you might already use songs in class, and find that your students enjoy them. But have you considered choosing songs...

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

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

A language learner needs to engage with a word many times, preferably in different ways, in order to really learn it - identifying and...

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

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

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

Phonemic symbols represent the sounds of the English language. 

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

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

Pronunciation - the poor relation? - pronunciation article - guest writers
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The point I want to make is that pronunciation teaching has been neglected and that we have all lost out through this. 

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

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

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Like us, you might already use songs in class, and find that your students enjoy them. But have you considered choosing songs...

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

Connected speech 2 - pronunciation article
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An advanced student of mine speaks both clearly and usually correctly, but can often sound over formal and at times stilted.

Word stress - pronunciation article
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A language learner needs to engage with a word many times, preferably in different ways, in order to really learn it - identifying and...

Connected speech - pronunciation article
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Teaching pronunciation used to involve little more than identifying and practising the sounds of which a language is composed, that is...

English sentence stress - pronunciation article
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Sentence stress is a difficult area to work on for learners and teachers alike.

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

Teaching pronunciation with phonemic symbols - pronunciation article
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Phonemic symbols represent the sounds of the English language. 

  • This article presents my research into the pronunciation of global English and gives some teaching implications. What is global English?What are the implications of EIL for pronunciation?The findings from researchWhat are the implications for...
  • In my work as a teacher trainer I have been surprised at how often experienced teachers are reluctant to tackle pronunciation issues in class. I can think of at least two reasons why pronunciation tends to be neglected: firstly, the lack of clear...
  • In spite of the development of interesting teaching materials by various people it remains the poor relation of language teaching, poorly related to the rest of what happens in the language classroom. I want to suggest two reasons why I think this...
  •   The schwa Why the schwa is the most common sound Why I teach the schwa How I teach the schwa Conclusion   Why the schwa is the most common sound In stress-timed languages such as English, stresses occur at regular intervals. The words which are...
  • Help your own and your students' pronunciation with our pronunciation downloads. There are 44 A4 size classroom posters of phonemic symbols with examples to download. The posters are in Portable Document Format (pdf) and have been attached in a...
  • If learners have access to a computer outside class, they can use the chart together with a dictionary to check the pronunciation of new words they meet in their own reading. This is particularly useful for learners who are not yet fully familiar...
  • The chart can also be used to highlight both patterns and variations in sound and spelling correspondence. For example, as a discovery activity to help learners notice the effect of adding an 'e' to the end of a word, you could give the learners...
  • Certain pairs of consonants can be problematic for some learners. In some cases, the main difference between the pair is whether the consonant is voiced or unvoiced, that is, whether or not the vocal chords vibrate when making this sound.
  • If you have an electronic Interactive Whiteboard, or a computer with a data projector, the phonemic chart can be used in class to recycle and reinforce recently learned vocabulary, at the same time as revising the phonemic symbols.
  • The phonology of any language is a system, so that a change in one part of the system will affect some or all of the other parts. Sentence stress Connected speech Teaching rhythm Recognition Production Conclusion   The system looks like this:
  • Songs provide examples of authentic, memorable and rhythmic language. They can be motivating for students keen to repeatedly listen to and imitate their musical heroes. Here, we look at some aspects of pronunciation that can be focused on through...
  • It's no surprise that many teachers don't feel confident about tackling it in the classroom. When teaching grammar or lexis, we find ways of making the language accessible to our learners. How then to do this with intonation?What is intonation?Why...
  • He has learnt his English "through the eye" and has trouble interpreting the utterances of native speakers who do not monitor their output. His delivery is an attempt at a precise version of every sound. With native speakers, articulatory precision...
  • Why word stress is importantWhat word stress isSome 'rules' of word stressHow I help my studentsIn the classroomConclusionWhy word stress is importantMistakes in word stress are a common cause of misunderstanding in English. Here are the reasons why:
  • Recently however, there has been a shift of focus towards the other systems operating within phonology, which may be more important in terms of overall intelligibility.
  • For this reason it's also an area which is often neglected, but this aspect of the language can cause problems for learners in both their speaking and perhaps more importantly listening. English is a stress-timed language Listening Listening...
  • Why use the chart?Background to the activitiesThe phoneme raceMake your own wall chartsChinese whispersUsing dictionariesGoing shoppingWhy use the chart?
  • Using them can be a valuable tool to improving your students' pronunciation. Why use phonemic symbols? Is it important for teachers to know the phonemic symbols? Is it difficult to learn phonemic symbols? What is the best way to learn phonemic...