Video – Teaching Pronunciation: muscle, mind, meaning, memory

Mark Hancock teaching with PronPack 1-4
Film stills of Mark Hancock teaching a pronunciation lesson.

Take a look at a video of an English pronunciation lesson, with me using materials and techniques from  PronPack 1-4.  I explain that there are four kinds of activities, which may be summed up as muscle, mind, meaning and memory.
First, I demonstrate an activity to show students how the muscles around the mouth work to produce a pair of target vowel sounds. Then we see an activity to raise awareness in the students’ minds of how those sounds correlate to spelling. After that, we an activity to demonstrate to the students how this feature of pronunciation impacts on meaning. Finally, we see an activity designed to leave a strong trace of this pronunciation feature in the students’ memory.

PronPack review in IATEFL Voices

There’s a great review of PronPack in the July-August edition of IATEFL Voices, by Tony Rusinak in Canada. Here are a few excerpts…

“Mark Hancock’s PronPack, a set of four pronunciation resource books, can be described as clever, original and well-organised.”
“After trialling PronPack, some co-teachers and I found the tasks both practical and entertaining.”
“A key feature of the series is the graphic design.  … high-gloss inventive infographics, thoughtfully-sized font, sufficient white space and clear, concise instructions…”
“The smart layout of the books re-affirms Hancock’s knowledge of busy teachers’ requirements when trying to integrate pronunciation into a demanding lesson plan.”
“In the introduction, Hancock claims that ‘the aim is successful communication, not correctness’, a point cleverly woven into the activities.”