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How to Teach English Pronunciation

Enhance your English language teaching practices and learn new strategies to aid your students in their English pronunciation.

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Improve your English language teaching (ELT) skills

Many people think that pronunciation is just about sounding the same as native speakers. However, there’s so much more to this fascinating area of linguistics, as you’ll find out on this four week course from Language Fuel.

You’ll develop your English language tuition skills using fun teaching techniques and best practice to engage adult learners.

Discover the key pronunciation areas that impact intelligibility

You’ll explore the core features of English pronunciation, splitting your learning into connected speech (suprasegmental features) and sounds (segmental features).

With this knowledge, you’ll be able to adapt your teaching structure, ensuring you’re putting your energy into the most effective areas of your course outline.

Identify the pronunciation learning needs of individual students

Not every learner will struggle with the same areas of pronunciation.

On this course, you’ll break down common pronunciation issues, including natural linking, intonation, and speed.

Using videos, interactive exercises, and printable resources, you’ll be able to enhance individual learning experiences and help your students gain confidence in their English speaking.

Share best practice methods with other English language teachers

Guided by Joanna Smith, an expert in Linguistics with over ten years’ experience in training teachers, you’ll explore innovative yet practical techniques to develop learners’ pronunciation.

You’ll also have the opportunity to share your own best practice methods, developing a collaborative approach to language teaching with other educators around the world.

By the end of this course, you’ll have developed your linguistic knowledge of pronunciation and gained a range of useful tools and techniques to enhance your students’ English speaking skills.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Overview of English pronunciation

    • Introduction

      Welcome to the course! Here, we introduce you to the educator, what it's all about, and we invite you to introduce yourself too.

    • How accurately do learners need to pronounce English?

      Teachers often wonder whether to focus on accuracy or fluency when teaching speaking. Let's think about these ideas.

    • Important principles of pronunciation teaching

      In this section we'll look at three key principles for teaching pronunciation.

  • Week 2

    Understand and teach pronunciation at the phrase and sentence level

    • Focus on linking

      In this section, we'll look at understanding linking and how to teach it.

    • Focus on intonation

      In this section, we'll look at understanding intonation and how to teach it.

    • Focus on pausing and speed

      In this section, we'll look at understanding the role of pausing and speed, and how to teach it.

  • Week 3

    Understand and teach pronunciation at the word level

    • How to teach word stress

      Getting word stress right is an important part of helping English learners become more intelligible.

    • How to teach weak forms

      In this section, we'll focus on teaching weak forms.

  • Week 4

    Understand and teach pronunciation at the sound level

    • Perception is everything

      The most important thing to understand about teaching sounds is that learners first must perceive differences between sounds before they will be able to produce them.

    • Understand how consonants are made

      Let's take a deep dive to understand how we produce consonants.

    • Understand how vowels are made

      Let's take a deep dive to understand how we produce vowels.

    • Tips for training sound production with students

      Here we look at some practical ideas for teaching sounds.

    • Making sound production automatic

      After helping learners to produce sounds accurately, it's time to help them produce them accurately automatically, and not just when they're trying hard.

    • Course reflection

      Let's reflect!

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and join a global classroom of learners. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify different aspects of English pronunciation.
  • Classify aspects of English pronunciation into sentence/phrase level, word level or sound level.
  • Collect methods for teaching different aspects of English pronunciation.
  • Reflect on your own practice of English pronunciation teaching.
  • Experiment with new ways of teaching English pronunciation.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for English language teachers who want to improve their practice of teaching English pronunciation to non-native speakers.

Who will you learn with?

I taught English and trained teachers for a decade then moved into workplace learning. I then founded Language Fuel to bring together these two passions. We help English teachers grow their practice.

Who developed the course?

Language Fuel

Language Fuel helps busy teachers to continually improve their practice by providing development on-demand. They find experts in the field of English teaching from all over the world, and invite them to share their wisdom, which is then curated into practical, engaging bite-sized courses that form teacher-specific pathways.

Their mission is to make English teacher professional development relevant, accessible, affordable, and efficient.

What's included?

This is a premium course. These courses are designed for professionals from specific industries looking to learn with a smaller group of like-minded individuals.

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you're eligible
  • Download and print your Certificate of Achievement anytime

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Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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