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Challenges with pronunciation

A short video showing teachers and learners talking about pronunciation challenges.

Pronunciation is an area of language which can sometimes play a less significant role in language lessons than grammar and vocabulary. As poor pronunciation commonly causes a breakdown in communication, online teachers need to be able to diagnose issues and then help learners to address them.

Task

Watch a teacher and a learner talking about pronunciation challenges. What do they talk about? Make some notes.

Teacher/learner Pronunciation challenges
Jonathan  
Bobby  

Check your answers

Reflect and share

Think about the learners you’re likely to teach online and answer these questions:

  1. What pronunciation challenges do they typically face?

  2. How might you diagnose a learner’s strengths and weaknesses in pronunciation in an online environment?

Share your ideas in the comments.

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