Diversity, pronunciation, and being ‘correct’

Two questions from teachers on the current Diploma programme at Oxford TEFL (click for info) Q1 Is there room for diversity in terms of the idea of the ‘right ‘or ‘correct ‘pronunciation? Q2 What if teachers, even having decided a pronunciation...

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...