Useful online tools for developing pronunciation

Let’s now look at some useful online tools that teachers can use in lessons, and learners can use outside of lessons, to improve their pronunciation.

Task

Read the descriptions of the online tools and click on the links to find out more. Then answer these questions:

  1. Which tools help learners to produce sounds?
  2. Which tools help learners to produce words?
  3. Which tool focuses on sentence stress and intonation?
  4. Which tools provide a reference for learners of English?
  5. Which tools could be used in an online lesson?
  6. Which tools are more likely to be used for self-study?
Sound Foundations interactive phonemic chart: A free, interactive version of the phonemic chart. Click on each sound to hear it or alternatively download a non-interactive version.
Sounds: The pronunciation app: Study sounds and practise using them. Free version available. Paid-for full version available. Includes an interactive phonemic chart.
Forvo: A free pronunciation dictionary. Listen to how words, including names of places etc., are pronounced by people from around the world.
EnglishCentral: A website and app. Watch a video, learn the words, record yourself copying the pronunciation and get a grade. Minimal free content. A lot of content with a subscription.
BBC Learning English: Tim’s free pronunciation workshop videos look at the sounds of English including weak forms and assimilation.

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Reflect and share

Which of the tools above do you think would be most helpful to your online learners? Why? Share your ideas in the comments.

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Teaching English Online

Cambridge Assessment English