English has spread around the world. It has become the global lingua franca. And there are approximately four times as many 'non-native' users of the language as there are 'native' ones.
Welcome to English as a Lingua Franca (ELF).
...we still teach pronunciation based on either standard British or general American English.
...most of the recordings in course books predominantly focus on British and American English, with a few other 'native speaker' accents and a token 'non-native speaker' every now and again.
This, however, completely misrepresents the reality of the English language.
It also does not adequately prepare our students for the REAL English they'll hear outside the class (nope, real and authentic English isn't predominantly 'native speaker' English).
It's also not based on any research, but rather on our gut feeling that learners should aim for 'native-like' pronunciation.
What if I told you that there was a better way?
What if I told you that there is an alternative approach, based on solid research into what makes English users intelligible in international contexts?
What if I told you that it turns out this new research-based approach is actually more effective?
Welcome to Lingua Franca Core (LFC) model for teaching pronunciation.
A model that fully embraces the global nature of the English language and focuses on intelligibility in international contexts.
A model that is based on almost two decades of research into pronunciation and intelligibility.
A model that has been shown to be more effective and less time-consuming than focusing on either British or American pronunciation.
So, in this course you will learn:
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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.
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.
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!
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.