10 top tips for teaching pronunciation (Part 2)

Just another quick cross-blog plug…

The second half of a post I’ve written for Conversations (the Cambridge ELT blog) on “Ten top tips for teaching pronunciation” has just gone live! If that link doesn’t work, you can read it by going to http://www.cambridge.org/elt/blog/

(And if you missed the first post in this mini-series, you can read that here.) Continue reading

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10 top tips for teaching pronunciation (Part 1)

Just a quick cross-blog plug…

The first half of a post I’ve written for Conversations (the Cambridge ELT blog) on “Ten top tips for teaching pronunciation” has just gone live! If that link doesn’t work, you can read it by going to http://www.cambridge.org/elt/blog/

Keep your eyes peeled for the second post, to appear in a week’s time… Continue reading

IntrovELT: responding to images

Just over a year ago, I posted some thoughts about whether Communicative Language Teaching wasn’t a bit hard on more introverted learners, with its almost obsessive focus on maximising speaking and interaction.

I said then that I intended to experiment with (and share) some practical classroom ideas that might suit learners who are more introvert and prefer activities that allow for individual thinking time, processing language ‘internally’, so to speak, rather than by lots of pair- or group-work.

Well, it’s been a while, but I haven’t forgotten about doing this!  I’ve finally got around to writing this post, which outlines one such activity that I recently designed and tried out with a small elementary level class. Continue reading

ETAS Conference presentation: Whiteboard wizardry

Thanks to all those who attended my workshop at this year’s ETAS conference in beautiful Thun, Switzerland!

Schloss Schadau, Thun
Schloss Schadau, Thun

For the first time, I decided not to prepare a handout for the session but summarise it here, instead. You can download my PowerPoint slides here and the other documents I referred to in the workshop from the corresponding sections of this blogpost, below; and you can watch the presentation itself in this video: Continue reading

ELF pronunciation – what’s it all about?

Just a quick cross-blog plug – I recently ran a short series of workshops at SGI on English as a Lingua Franca and how it might impact the way we teach pronunciation.  These went well and we decided to follow them up with some related blog posts, which you can find here:

Part 1 of 3: English Around The World

Part 2 of 3: Variation, Accent and Intelligibility

Part 3 of 3: The Lingua Franca Core and if/how we might teach it Continue reading

The NN-word

In my timetable at the moment, the afternoons are filled with TP, i.e. observing and assessing the teaching practice of trainees on our school’s Trinity CertTESOL course.

Recently, I watched 3 very good lessons one after another.

At this point, I should qualify what–apart from standard assessment criteria–made me judge these lessons as “very good”.

They were good because: Continue reading