Do you ever feel like...
...you aren't spending enough (or any!) classroom time on teaching pronunciation?
...you're not entirely sure how to help your students be more intelligible?
...you need a fresh perspective on teaching pronunciation?
Then you're in the right place.
When I was taught pronunciation as a student, and then later on when I started teaching it myself, a lot of classroom time was spent on vowel quality, sentence stress, intonation, weak forms connected speech, the omnipresent 'schwa' and word stress.
Here's the BIG news, though.
Research shows that many of the pronunciation features I mentioned above have little or no impact on intelligibility in international contexts. For example, some features of connected speech can actually lead to less, rather than more intelligibility. And word stress seems to have no impact at all!
I know - it sounds a bit crazy. But it's true. And based on solid research.
Enrol in this course to explore the fascinating world of English as a Lingua Franca research on pronunciation and learn an alternative model for teaching pronunciation that will help your students be much more intelligible in international contexts.
What are you going to learn in this course?
1. ...you will have a better knowledge of how you can teach pronunciation to ensure that students are intelligible in diverse international and multilingual contexts.
2. ...you will find out which pronunciation features are important for intelligibility, and how to focus on them in class.
3. ...you will have read some of the most cutting-edge research about ELF and teaching pronunciation.
4. ...you will have seen example lesson plans and activities, created your own materials and used them with students.
5. ...you will have learnt how to adapt your course books.
And there's MORE...
Lot's MORE, actually.
"Without a doubt, Marek Kiczkowiak is a mover and shaker in the world of English language teaching, proof of which I need only mention his tireless advocacy for greater inclusiveness in the field, along with the innovative way he applies research into English as a lingua franca . One to watch! "
- Scott Thornbury, ELT writer and teacher trainer
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.
"The English teacher's advanced guide to pronunciation teaching has provided me with an insight into how English as a lingua franca is learned and used and how ELF pronunciation models can differ from those that are traditionally taught to ELLs. The online lectures are informative, and the discussion topics and tasks require course participants to consider how ELF pronunciation is relevant to their own teaching and learning situations ."
- Martin Cooke, English teacher in Taiwan
"I found this course extremely helpful. For ‘native’ (born in England) teachers like me it was a timely reminder that whilst (RP) L2 learners may need to understand what a native L1 is saying, they do not need to reproduce it in their speech – unless they want to. What they do need to do is to be comprehensible. For ‘non-native’ English teachers, I hope it validates and gives them confidence that their English is a perfectly valid way of speaking the many Englishes. I earnestly hope this course will give them the confidence to do so. The course invites us to reflect on our practice in teaching pronunciation and the choices we make as teachers, just as it encourages students to make choices about the Englishes they speak. It is thus full of reflection points to help us think about what we do. I found this invaluable. Thank you Marek! You have helped me to improve my pronunciation teaching!"
- William Laidlaw, English teacher in Malta