Special Offer on PronPack for iBooks users

Buy one, get one free!  Offer valid until April 26th. Limited number of promotional codes available – hurry while stocks last.

  1. Email mark@pronpack.com to confirm availability.
  2. Buy one of the PronPack ebooks from iBooks store.
  3. Forward the receipt email to mark@pronpack.com and say which other PronPack book you would like.
  4. We’ll send you a promotional code for that book which you can redeem on iBooks.

Note: PronPack is available on iBooks  in these countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela

Where can I buy PronPack books?

The PronPack series is published! Fixed-layout ePub versions of PronPack 1-4, including audio examples, are now available on Kobo and  iBooks! For teachers who prefer to get a physical book in their hands, we are working on getting a print version ready and available for later this month. Additional teacher resources on this website include; print-friendly worksheets, downloadable audio files and more.

PronPack is currently available on iBooks  and Kobo in these countries:

Kobo has stores in these countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia,South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States.

iBooks has stores in these countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela.

PronPack published on iBooks and Kobo!

PronPack 1-4 are now available on iBooks and Kobo 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 itunes.apple.com, 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 to PronPack 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.

Wearing the Teacher’s Hat

At the NCE conference in Ede, Netherlands. The hat means I’m in role of teacher and you’re the students. Hats off means we’re all what we are – conference participants. In teacher role, I demonstrated two task sequences for pronunciation lessons. In conference role, we discussed the pros and cons of the tasks.

Practical Pronunciation Demo at TESOL Spain

Mark Hancock at TESOL Spain

Say ‘sssssss’ with your fingers in your ears. Now do the same with ‘zzzzz’ – and hear the difference! This is me at TESOL Spain demonstrating this simple way of showing students the difference between unvoiced /s/ and voiced /z/.  I love little practical experiments like this in the pronunciation class. Thanks to Daniel Barber for the photo!

Models in Pronunciation Teaching

In the past, it was often assumed without further thought that learners should be taught to approximate to General British (GB) or General American (GA). Students assumed that they ought to sound like a native speaker. Teachers and published materials worked on the assumption that the model should be the native speaker accent with the widest acceptance and prestige. Indeed, this point of view is still widely held today. However, many people now question this assumption. Continue reading “Models in Pronunciation Teaching”

From ‘Pronunciation Games’ to ‘PronPack’

Pronunciation Games (CUP 1995) was my first book, and it still sells today over two decades later. It’s a resource book for teachers, consisting of 36 photocopiable game pages along with step by step teaching notes. It proved to be immediately popular and won an award – the Frank Bell prize – shortly after publication. Nowadays, when I am out at ELT events, people often tell me how much they have been influenced by the book.

In the years since writing Pronunciation Games, I went on to write a wide variety of ELT books about pronunciation and other topics, but throughout that time, I have been reflecting on that first book: What was good about it? What were its shortcomings? What would I do differently today? The answer to these questions are what lie at the heart of my new series, PronPack 1-4. Continue reading “From ‘Pronunciation Games’ to ‘PronPack’”