What's included in the course?
Watch the promo video below to find out more about the course:
When we teach pronunciation, we typically think of either Standard British English or General American English. And the phonemic chart. So we're quite likely to focus on vowel quality, but also on sentence stress, intonation, weak forms, features of connected speech, the omnipresent 'schwa' and word stress. In short, what we're trying to do is get students to imitate as closely as possible a more or less standard 'native speaker' pronunciation model.
Here's the big news, though: research shows that such approach and focus is neither necessarily the most appropriate, nor that it leads to students being more intelligible in international contexts. In fact, many features of connected speech can reduce intelligibility in English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) settings. This course then aims to present an alternative model for teaching pronunciation, one that takes into account the lingua franca nature of English, and one that is based on latest research findings.
So in this course you will learn more about:
I am a teacher, teacher trainer and founder of TEFL Equity Advocates. I have taught English in Latin America and in Europe, and am currently teaching at KU Leuven, Belgium. I hold a BA in English Philology, Cambridge CELTA and DELTA, and am now working towards a PhD in TESOL at the University of York, UK. I have delivered workshops, seminars and talks at many international conferences and events for English teachers in Europe and North America. I design and deliver f2f and on-line courses for English teachers at TEFL Equity Advocates. I also co-author a regular podcast about teaching and learning English at The TEFL Show.