Pronunciation: Three practices to question, three practices to explore

(Posted today on the OXFORD TEFL blog) See what’s going on, try something different, learn from it. That’s my teacher development mantra. You can use it anywhere and it applies to everything. Let’s start with the first bit: See what’s going on…. To follow...

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...

Sounds … were somewhere in the air, floating, not reachable

Elisabetta Alborghetti is a private teacher working in Milan. She described to me the challenge facing learners of pronunciation in this poetic way….“…. sounds I did not know were somewhere in the air, floating, not reachable. I only used the ear … which was not...