PronPack is a set of resource books to help teachers focus on English pronunciation in class. The books contain student worksheets along with teacher’s notes explaining how to guide the students through each activity (print-friendly worksheets and supporting audio files are available in the resouces section). Additionally, the ‘Flexi‘ notes throughout the books highlight ways you can adapt the material to work with different accents.
The most important reason to teach pronunciation is to help your students understand and be understood. As listeners, they need to learn how other speakers blend sounds into words and words into connected speech. As speakers, they need to modify their own accent of English to make it as widely intelligible as possible. Neither of these objectives requires them to precisely copy the accent of a native speaker. The aim is successful communication, not ‘correctness’.
Each of the four original books takes a slightly different approach to pronunciation teaching. You can select the approach you prefer, or use the various books to complement one another. The handy ‘Goes well with…‘ feature gives some recommended activity combinations from across the PronPack 1-4 collection. PronPack 5 and 6 provide materials to help teachers deal with difficulties of learners from specific language backgrounds – Spanish for book 5 and Brazilian Portuguese for book 6.
New addition to the PronPack family: Connected Speech for Listeners
The latest additions to the PronPack collection takes us in a new direction – pronunciation for listening. Connected Speech for Listening includes very clear and concise tips to bring the teacher up to speed with background issues relating teaching this aspect of language. It also provides a wealth of ideas and materials for actual use in the classroom.