English as a Lingua Franca and teaching pronunciation

A mini course for English teachers

In this mini course you'll learn more about helping your students improve their pronunciation and become more intelligible in international settings.

What's included in the course?

  • 5 hours of guided on-line study;
  • 4 lectures;
  • 4 videos;
  • 4 tasks;
  • latest research findings about teaching pronunciation;
  • feedback, guidance and advice from your instructor;
  • a selection of cutting-edge articles on the topic.


When teaching pronunciation, we usually focus either on Standard British or General American English. So, we're likely to look at vowel quality, weak forms, sentence stress and features of connected speech. The assumption behind this approach is that the more native-like the student sounds, the better.

However, according to research, such approach and focus is neither necessarily the most appropriate, nor does it lead 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; that is, in settings where the audience or the interlocutors are from a variety of first language backgrounds.

Consequently, this mini course is designed to present an alternative model for teaching pronunciation, frequently referred to as the Lingua Franca Core, or LFC for short. This model takes into account the global, lingua franca nature of English, and is based on latest research findings about pronunciation and intelligibility in international contexts.


So in this course you will learn more about:

  • which pronunciation features are important for intelligibility in international contexts;
  • what to consider before adapting the LFC model;
  • why 'non-native speakers' can be great pronunciation models;
  • why foreign accent is not necessarily a bad thing;
  • how to adapt your course book.
So by the end of this course you will have a better knowledge of what LFC is and how you can help your students be more intelligible in international contexts. You will have looked at some of the latest research about pronunciation and LFC. You will understand why having a foreign accent isn't necessarily a bad thing, and how you can raise students' awareness of this to increase their self-confidence. Finally, you will have also learnt how to adapt your course book to suit the LFC model.

Aaron Vetesi

I just finished the mini-course on LFC. It was tremendously eye-opening to discover how teaching pronunciation could be simplified for learners. The course gives you a great insight into the principles, and it also provides you with ideas and activities you can use in the classroom. I really liked the task questions in each section. They really made me think about the concept and helped generate ideas. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in different ways of teaching pronunciation, where focus is on building students’ confidence and eliminate frustration.

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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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Kristina Navnyko

First of all, I'd like to express my gratitude to you for your genuine passion for teaching and teacher training. I've completed a mini course on English as a Lingua Franca and Teaching Pronunciation. Needless to say, both topics are critical nowadays, taken the English language proliferation in the world. The course met my expectations and needs for it provided me with a balanced blend of theory and practice on Lingua Franca Core and allowed my to share my thoughts and lived experiences regarding such issues as teaching pronunciation and dealing with accents, including my own. Thank you!

Halyna Khinchuk

This great mini course gave me food for thought as well as some practical ideas that I'm planning to use in the classroom. The course structure is simple and clear. Moreover, you can take as much time as you need to complete it. Finally, you are encouraged to share your experience in teaching or learning pronunciation and get the feedback.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.
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.
Who is the course for?
For all those looking for a fresh perspective on teaching pronunciation.
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.
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.

Get started now!