We have included pronunciation here because it is crucial to good communication, while mistakes of pronunciation can render an otherwise grammatically perfect sentence incomprehensible.

Listen to a short clip of a student:

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What do you notice about his pronunciation? Where do you think he comes from? What key points do you think need working on?

The BBC has a series of videos which help with English pronunciation and may be useful for student self study with reinforcement in class.

As you progress with your students don’t forget to highlight the importance of word stress and sentence stress. This is particularly important when presenting or when taking part in online meetings where voice is crucial to convey meaning.

How could you use audio or video recording with your learners?

See how you might use technology to help students with Speech Preparation

Here are two useful websites that can help learners with a range of pronunciation issues.

The first is called fonetiks.org which has links to lots of useful lists and information about pronunciation.

The second is an online dictionary – you type in the word you don’t know how to pronounce and you can hear the word as many times as necessary.

Further Reading:

Jenkins: Which Pronunciation Norms and Models for EIL (1997)
Jenkins: Sociolinguistically Based Pronunciation Syllabus for EIL (2002)