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.

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”

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”