Proud and delighted to announce: PronPack 1-4 is a finalist of the 16th British Council ELTons Awards for Innovation in English Language Teaching 2018 in Innovation in Teacher Resources. This publication has been selected as a finalist by a panel of experts from among 110 international products, publications and services as meeting the stringent criteria for innovation and practical application. Read about the other shortlisted books in the Innovation in Teacher Resources category . Continue reading “PronPack Shortlisted for ELTons!”
There are loads of really great pronunciation articles in in the current special edition of The CATESOL Journal (30.1) – click on the link at the bottom of the CATESOL page (they are all free-access).
Check out, for example, the article on the status of word stress in ELF pronunciation teaching by Lewis and Deterding. This remains what Jennifer Jenkins called a ‘grey area’, but after this article, tipping a little more in the direction of ‘yes, do teach it’.
There are also some reviews in the journal, including a review of PronPack from an American perspective by Ellen Rosenfield.
“In Hancock’s latest work, PronPack, he delivers a marvelous collection of classroom-ready online materials for teaching and practicing key features of English pronunciation.”
Do you remember the millennium bug? We were all warned that on new year’s day of 2000, our computers would cease to function properly. Didn’t happen. What DID happen around that time however was a quiet but seismic shift in assumptions about the goals of pronunciation teaching.
In the late nineties, people like Brian Jenner were already worrying away at the unchallenged assumption that learners should aim for one of the standard, prestige accents of English such as RP. Jenner (Jenner 1997) pointed out that millions of people were able to make themselves understood in any number of regional or global native accents, so why would we insist on a specific variety? Continue reading “Post-ELF 1: The ELF-Premise”
Video of Mark being interviewed by Rebecca Place of TESOL Spain. Here are the main points: Continue reading “Pronunciation: Teach a skill, not an accent.”
In this article, I will present and explain a map of the vowel system specifically created to guide the general English language learner. The map is designed with three main aims in mind:
- To provide useful insights for the learner.
- To support memorable and effective classroom activities.
- To be relevant in an international context by being flexible enough to deal with accent variation.
Here’s a link to a video of a seminar I did at the British Council in London, with an assortment of classroom activities to focus on phonemes.
Here’s a link to the webinar I gave at Brazil’s English Teachers (BRELT) ‘Pronunciation Week’. In it, you’ll find explanations of the rationale for dividing pronunciation material into four broad categories: workouts, puzzles, pairworks and poems.