How to teach pronunciation- interviews with experts

Listen to interviews with renown experts and learn about cutting edge research findings and the best practices so you can teach pronunciation like a pro

In this series of interviews, you'll get a chance to listen to some of the most prominent experts on teaching pronunciation such as John Levis, Nicola Meldrum or Mark McKinnock. They'll discuss the recent developments in the field, look at some of the most important research findings and talk about the best classroom practices.

So you'll gain a deep insight into teaching pronunciation rooted both in research and practice, so you know exactly which approach works best and how to be more effective, confident and really help your students improve their pronunciation.

This series of interviews will be regularly updated with new recordings.

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"John Levis has taught pronunciation for over 30 years. He is founding editor of the Journal of Second Language Pronunciation , the founder of the Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference, and the co-developer of pronunciationforteachers.com. He is co-editor of several books, including the Handbook of English Pronunciation, Social Dynamics in Second Language Accent, and Critical Concepts in Linguistics: Pronunciation."

- John Levis, Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESL at The University of Iowa

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And learn about the 3 misconceptions about teaching pronunciation, so you can avoid them in your teaching practice!

Your Instructor

Marek Kiczkowiak
Marek Kiczkowiak

I am a teacher, teacher trainer and founder of TEFL Equity Advocates and Academy, where I help English teachers tackle 'native speaker' bias by teaching English as a Lingua Franca. I also help 'non-native speaker' teachers overcome their fears and worries by busting the 'native speaker' fallacy, so that they can become more confident and teach English successfully.

I have taught English in Latin America and in Europe, and am currently teaching at KU Leuven, Belgium. I hold a BA in English Philology from the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznan, Cambridge CELTA and DELTA, and a PhD in TESOL from the University of York, UK. I have delivered workshops, talks and plenaries at many international conferences and events for English teachers in Europe and North America.

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"Nicola Meldrum is from Edinburgh and has been involved in ELT since 1999. She worked for over 10 years teaching business and general English to adults, teens and YLs. She completed her Trinity Dip TESOL in 2003 and then started training teachers on a Certificate in TESOL course. She is now course director on OxfordTEFL’s Trinity Dip TESOL course, writes teacher and student materials and is an online tutor on teacher development courses, including a course on teaching pronunciation."

- Nicola Meldrum, Teacher Trainer, Oxford TEFL

"Mark D. C. McKinnon is from the west of Scotland and has been involved in ELT since 1993. He has been teaching general and business English to adults, teens, YLs, and Senior Learners since then. He completed his Trinity Dip TESOL in 2001. He has been a face-to-face tutor on OxfordTEFL’s Trinity Dip TESOL since 2005, and teaches the phonology modules on the online stage of the course. Mark teaches English at UAB Idiomes Barcelona, where recently he has been teaching Senior Learners. He also writes materials for teachers and students, and he recently co-wrote an EAP skills coursebook for Macmillan’s Skillful series."

- Mark McKinnon, Teacher Trainer, Oxford TEFL

Preview the Interview with Nicola and Mark Here

And learn how to identify your students' pronunciation needs, so you can prepare more relevant lessons


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"After completing his PhD in phonetics at Cambridge University, David Deterding taught at NTU in Singapore from 1992 till 2007 and has been teaching at University Brunei Darussalam since 2007. He teaches introductory linguistics, advanced phonetics, Malay-English translation, forensic linguistics, and research methods in linguistics. His research has focused on acoustic phonetics, a description of the Englishes spoken in South-East Asia, and analysis of misunderstandings in English as a Lingua Franca. Many of his publications are available on researchgate.net here."

- David Deterding, Professor at University Brunei Darussalam

Preview Part of the Interview with David Deterding Here

And find out why consonants are crucial for intelligibility, so you can focus your pronunciation classes on what really matters!

"Richard Cauldwell has taught English in France, Hong Kong, Japan, and the UK, at the University of Birmingham. Since 2001 he has published award-winning materials for listening and pronunciation. He is a two-time winner of The British Council's ELTon award. His most recent publication is Phonology for Listening: Teaching the Stream of Speech . He is currently working on a book for teachers and textbook authors - A Syllabus for Listening: Decoding

- Richard Cauldwell, Award Winning Author

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and learn how to help students understand natural, fast speech.

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