Pronunciation Made Practical

Welcome to, the support hub for teachers using the pronunciation activities in PronPack by Mark Hancock, author of best selling pronunciation books Pronunciation Games and English Pronunciation in Use. PronPack is an award winning  collection of ELT resource books to help teachers focus on English pronunciation in class. Mark introduces PronPack in the two minute video below or, read more…

PronPack books 1-6 are available as a hands-on paperback and as a portable and personal eBook with audio features – downloadable materials in the Resources section of this website make either version great for use in the classroom.
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Latest releases!!

PronPack 6: Pronunciation of English for Brazilian Learners.

PronPack 6 Front cover

The two latest additions to the PronPack collection take a different approach, focusing on common difficulties faced by learners of English from specific language backgrounds.

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Pronpack 5 focuses on common pronunciation difficulties faced by Spanish-speaking learners and  Pronpack 6 is specifically made for for Brazilian Portuguese-speaking learners. The teaching materials in both books include 18 lessons that attract learners’ attention with memorable activities including raps, games and puzzles.

“A key feature of the series is the graphic design. … high-gloss inventive infographics, thoughtfully-sized font, sufficient white space and clear, concise instructions…”

— Tony Rusinak, IATEFL Voices, July-August 2018 Issue 263

About PronPack 1-4

PronPack 1: Pronunciation Workouts are extended drills focusing on specific areas of English pronunciation. Think of them like the scales and other exercises which pianists use to improve their fingering technique. But in the case of pronunciation, it’s the vocal articulators which are getting trained – the tongue, lips, jaw and vocal chords.
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PronPack 2: Pronunciation Puzzles are challenging game-like activities which are fun to do in pairs or small groups but are equally effective for individual students. They include such puzzle types as mazes, sudoku, word searches and crosswords.
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Pronpack 3: Pronunciation Pairworks are information-gap communication activities for students to do in pairs or small groups. Success in each activity depends upon the students accuracy in producing and understanding the target pronunciation feature.
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PronPack 4: Pronunciation Poems are rhymes, chants, limericks, raps and song lyrics all written specifically to contain multiple examples of the target pronunciation features. The activities usually begin with an exercise completing or correcting the text and culminate in practising saying or chanting the text out loud.
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Six versions of the PronPack Sound ChartBought the Books?
You can access PronPack audio files, student worksheets, Sound Chart posters  and more…

Materials to accompany PronPack 1-6 can be found in the Resources section.


News and Views

The Chocolate Box: thoughts on the use and abuse of the phonemic chart

(Article first published on Cambridge UPELT website) Caution: May contain nuts My argument in a nutshell is this: that the point of the phonemic chart is to help you to teach and your learners to learn. It is not there to police your accent. The widespread idea that the chart represents only RP (‘received pronunciation’) …

Mark Hancock

Mark Hancock presenting the PronPack Sound Chart at an ELT conferenceMark’s approach in both teaching and writing ELT materials is to engage the learner and inspire their intrinsic interest in the content and in the process of the lesson. This is driven by his belief that teaching and learning a language can and should be an enjoyable experience.

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