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Teaching English pronunciation to speakers of other languages: from tedious to terrific
In many English classes, the explicit teaching of pronunciation is sometimes neglected, often on the grounds that it is boring, too difficult, or less important than other areas of language acquisition. This workshop, designed for EAL teachers, will focus on the “what” and “how” of teaching English pronunciation to speakers of other languages. Participants will explore:
- The pros and cons of IPA: Is teaching the International Phonetic Alphabet more trouble than it’s worth?
- The role of phonics and the relationship between spelling and sounds
- Suprasegmental aspects such as intonation, stress, rhythm and connected speech, and ways to teach them
- Tech tools for teaching pronunciation
- Ways for students to practise pronunciation outside the classroom
- Attitudes to accents
- Some common English pronunciation problems and how learners can overcome them
- Ways to break down the barriers to good pronunciation
This is a hands-on workshop and participants will come away with a host of new ideas for activities that go far beyond “listen and repeat” and time will be devoted to developing resources to use in class immediately.