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Give It a Go: Teaching Pronunciation to Adults

This excellent teachers resource by Linda Yates and Beth Zielinski is a great starting point for any teacher interested in incorporating pronunciation instruction into their classroom. 

Our aim is to provide teachers with both practical teaching ideas and the theoretical knowledge that will help them understand what is happening with their students’pronunciation and why. In this volume, we therefore bring together a brief and accessible overview of how pronunciation works in English, some explanations of the particular difficulties faced by learners from different backgrounds, and activities that teachers can use to help adult language learners to improve their pronunciation. Throughout, we have provided examples of real adult learners to illustrate aspects of their pronunciation and help teachers understand how to address them in their classes.


TAGS: speaking, teaching resources, teaching strategies, classroom activities

Pronunciation Pull-Out Kit

Pronunciation is an area that many ESL learners are interested in, but many teachers are unsure of how to approach instruction in this area. The Pronunciation Kit provides activity instructions for a wide variety of activities that focus on helping learners improve their pronunciation of English suprasegmentals (intonation, rhythm, stress, etc.). The activities in this kit can be used with low-beginning to advanced level English language learners.


TAGS: pronunciation, beginning ESL, intermediate ESL, advanced ESL, teaching materials

Sounds of English

Sounds of English is a collaboration by Holly Gray and Sharon Widmayer that they started to help their ESL students develop their pronunciation and speaking skills. The site has been expanded to include information about their past research and presentations, lessons and activities for ESL teachers, and more.

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TAGS: pronunciation, beginning ESL, intermediate ESL, advanced ESL, teaching materials

Sounds of Speech- Phonetics: The Sounds of American English

The Iowa “Sounds of Speech” website contains animated libraries of the phonetic sounds of English and other languages. App versions for Android & iOS are also available under the name Sounds of Speech. On both the website and in the app, for each English consonant and vowel, viewers will find an animated articulatory diagram, a step-by-step description, and video-audio of the sound spoken in context. The animated side view of the mouth is particularly helpful for learners to see tongue placement in contrasting sounds of English.

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TAGS: speaking, phonics, teaching resources

Ten ESL Activities to Teach Perfect Pronunciation and Get Mouths Moving

This article from the FluentU English Educator Blog provides ten activities for teachers to use when students have difficulty differentiating between two sounds (known as minimal pairs). 

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TAGS: speaking, classroom activities