How to teach pronunciation: English as a Lingua Franca perspective

A 6-step practical guide for English teachers

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What's included in the course?

  • 15 hours of guided on-line study;
  • 10 lectures;
  • 6 practical assignments;
  • 10 hours of guided self-study;
  • 6 easy steps to implementing English as a Lingua Franca perspective when teaching pronunciation;
  • latest research findings about teaching pronunciation;
  • feedback, guidance and advice from your instructor;
  • a selection of cutting-edge articles on the topic.

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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:

  • how ELF perspective influences our view of teaching pronunciation;
  • which pronunciation features we should focus more on in class and why;
  • which pronunciation features might hinder intelligibility in international contexts;
  • why 'non-native speakers' can be great pronunciation models;
  • how to adapt your course book;
  • what to consider before adopting the ELF perspective;
  • how to raise awareness of ELF in the classroom;
  • how to create your own pronunciation materials.
So by the end of this course you will have a better knowledge of how you can teach pronunciation to ensure that students are intelligible in diverse international and multilingual contexts. We will have looked at and compared the current model of pronunciation teaching based on 'nativeness' with that based on ELF and international intelligibility. You will have read some of the most cutting-edge research about ELF and teaching pronunciation. Also, you will have learnt how to adapt your course books, as well as how to create your own materials to teach pronunciation.

Your Instructor

Marek Kiczkowiak
Marek Kiczkowiak

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the course?
About 10 hours of on-line instruction, and at least 5 hours of further self-study. So, spending an hour every day, you should be able to complete the course in about two weeks. However, there's no rush, because you have life-time access to it! So you can also take your time, and complete it at your own pace.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. And you have unlimited life-time access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Will I get any guidance from my tutor?
Of course! You can get in touch with your tutor through the discussion board or via email, and they'll offer you guidance and help. You can also get extra individual Skype tutorials where the tutor will give you their full attention and personalised advice.
Who is the course for?
For all those looking for a fresh perspective on teaching pronunciation.
Will the course be practical?
Yes! You'll walk away with an array of ideas for teaching pronunciation, adapting your course book, preparing students for accents or designing a pronunciation syllabus.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
I still have more questions.
No problem! Drop me an email to and I'll do my best to answer them.