What metalanguage should one use with the pronunciation chart?

Further questions raised by teachers on the online Trinity Diploma at Oxford TEFL. The themes here are 1) at what age to start using the pron chart, and 2) what to do about pron meta language and explaining pron. Ana Castro writes: In my teaching experience I’ve...

Consonants or vowels first?

This post continues with questions raised by teachers on the online Trinity Diploma at Oxford TEFL. The themes here are 1) whether to deal with consonants or vowels first; and 2) the use of phonemic symbols. Consonants or vowels first? Q1: While learning the sounds...

Grammar without pron . . . is like food without taste (Part 2)

Ten Classroom Activities based on my Ten Liberating Assumptions about Pronunciation (that appeared in the Jan 2018 issue of Modern English Teacher) Part 2 is in the Apr 2018 issue of MET In Part 1 of this article (MET 27.1 in Jan 2018) I outlined ten different ways of...

Our algorithms for teaching grammar do not apply to teaching pronunciation

Teachers on the online Trinity Diploma at Oxford TEFL were discussing the problems of explaining pronunciation. This follows the previous post “Inside versus outside knowledge of pronunciation” Teacher Miriam posed this question: How do I describe the differences...