Pronunciation Made Practical

Welcome to PronPack.com, the support hub for teachers using the pronunciation activities in PronPack 1-4 by Mark Hancock, author of best selling pronunciation books Pronunciation Games and English Pronunciation in Use. PronPack is a set of four ELT resource books to help teachers focus on English pronunciation in class. Mark introduces PronPack in the two minute video below or, read more…

Where to buy PronPack

PronPack 1-4 is available in two formats, eBook and Paperback:

eBook – Portable and personal, PronPack 1-4 eBooks are available on Kobo and  iBooks. The fixed-layout ePubs feature integrated audio files to support the clear easy-to-follow pronunciation activities in each book.

Excellent resource “This is the best pronunciation book I’ve seen. The way the book is laid out really makes the phonemic sound system easy to understand both for teachers and language learners. The activities are also excellent. I highly recommend this and the other books in the series.” Danyah.A. *****on iBooks

Paperback – Want to browse through a book? Get your hands on printed copies of PronPack 1-4 from Amazon , The Book Depository, the  BEBC bookshop or DES (Greece/Cyprus). Why not get copies of PronPack 1-4 for your school staffroom or resource centre.

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About The Four Books

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 ChartAudio files, student worksheets, PronPack Posters  and more… Downloads to accompany PronPack 1-4 can be accessed in Resources.

News and Views

The Perils of Final Consonant Devoicing!

Minimal pairs. Context will often disambiguate, as it hopefully does in this cartoon! But pronunciation problems tend to hunt in packs, and the resulting chaos is less easy to find your way out of. You end up having to unpick the problems one by one anyway. Minimal pairs.

Homophone Hunt 2

Showing again how homophones are not only restricted to single words, here’s one consisting of two words with consonant-vowel linking. You can never be quite sure where one word ends and another begins in speech! And this week’s winner in the facebook contest was Barbara Connelly with ‘Grade A’ = ‘Grey day’!

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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