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 following video is from the BBC and explains how learners can use the phonetic alphabet to pronounce every word correctly. The sounds of English are a good place to start work on pronunciation.

Don’t forget to highlight the importance of word stress and sentence stress as you work on pronunciation with your students.

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)