PronPack Review in CATESOL Journal

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 here. 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 – see the link at the bottom of the journal page.  Here are a few quotes.

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.

The chapters devoted to suprasegmentals, such as word stress and connected speech, are among my favorites – partly because of their very clever design.

The clear and sometimes whimsical visuals are a key strength of Mark Hancock’s materials. Nowhere is this skill in graphic design better illustrated than in his cleverly designed hexagon vowel chart, which begins each of the four books. What is ingenious about this chart is that it builds on the familiar IPA trapezoid vowel chart, based on the idea of “front vowels” and “back vowels” with phonic-based concepts of “short” and “long” vowels… Probably the most striking innovation in this series is the above mentioned focus on phonics… most pronunciation materials for English language learners pay little attention to spelling or to the rules that relate sound to spelling.

PronPack published on iBooks and Kobo!

PronPack 1-4 are now available on iBooks and Kobo (ePub versions) we are still busy making other formats available, including Print on Demand…

Find PronPack on iTunes
Below is the link to: Pronpack 1: Pronunciation Workouts, on, where you will also be able to find links to PronPack 2, 3 and 4 with screenshots: Pronpack 1: Pronunciation Workouts .

If you have the iBooks app on an apple device just go to the iBooks Store and search for author: Mark Hancock or a specific title from the series, here you will find free downloadable sample pages, giving a ‘live’ taster of the books.

To view the fixed layout ePubs purchased from iBooks, “you must have an iOS device with iBooks 3 or later and iOS 4.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

The Kobo App gives access on tablets, smartphones, or desktop
We have used the Kobo App ourselves on iPad and Android phones during the development of the books and found that the functionality and appearance of the PronPack fixed-layout epubs was as intended. According to the Kobo website* the free Kobo Reading App is available for the following devices:

iOS users – Purchase feature not available on iPhone or iPad. eBooks can be purchased on web and synced to your Apple device.”

System Requirements: These apply only to PC and phones.
Minimum OS: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 Mobile, Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8. Architecture: ARM, x86, x64″

*PronPack cannot take resposibilty for information provided by Kobo at the time of writing this post and recommend that you check their website for updates or changes.

A Pronunciation Syllabus across ‘PronPack’

Resource Packs

Each book in PronPack 1-4 is different from the others by activity-type, rather than the pronunciation points covered. Each book is a resource pack taking one particular approach to a wide range of pronunciation points. All of the books move generally from individual sounds near the beginning to suprasegmental features towards the end. Continue reading “A Pronunciation Syllabus across ‘PronPack’”

The PronPack Sound Chart

PronPack Sound Chart Infograpic
This infographic explains how the PronPack Sound Chart is organised, click on the image to see a bigger picture.

What is the Sound Chart for?
The PronPack Sound Chart is primarily a reference tool and several versions will be are now available in the Resources to accompany the Pronpack books shortly.

Teachers may print a copy as large as possible to put on the classroom wall. Whenever a pronunciation point comes up in class relating to one or more of the individual sounds, you can point it out on the chart. Continue reading “The PronPack Sound Chart”