Allow me to make another brief interlude from my current series on learning Greek in order to announce the second of my two recent guest posts for the Cambridge University Press Better Learning blog:
Dispelling ELT myths: What really matters when teaching pronunciation part 2
In part 2 of 2, I bust three common myths about teaching English pronunciation:
Myth #4: Some accents of English are easier to understand than others.
Myth #5: Having a “foreign” accent is a disadvantage.
Myth #6: Native speakers make the best pronunciation teachers and role models.
Missed the previous post? Never fear—read Part 1 here!
Allow me to make a brief interlude from my current series on learning Greek in order to announce my latest guest post for the Cambridge University Press Better Learning blog:
Dispelling ELT myths: What really matters when teaching pronunciation – Part 1
In part 1 of 2, I bust three common myths about teaching English pronunciation:
Myth #1: There is one correct accent of English.
Myth #2: It’s not that important to teach pronunciation.
Myth #3: Pronunciation is more useful for advanced learners.
Im not sure when Part 2 will come out, but I can tell you now that there will be 3 more common myths in that one—along with (of course) explanations of why it is high time we stopped believing them!
It’s been a while since I gave a webinar!
And what better way to make a comeback than via Macmillan’s ‘Advancing Learning’ series, which is devoting the next few months to “celebrating Women Advancing Learning with a fantastic line-up of prominent female experts and authors from the education and ELT world“?
In my webinar for this series on 7 November 2018, we’ll discuss the issue of “Teaching English pronunciation for the real world”. It’s gonna be fun. In fact, it’ll be so much fun, I’m doing it twice! Once at 10:00 and again at 16:00 (GMT); so, whatever time zone you’re in that day, I hope you can make it.
[Update, December 2018: you can now watch a recording of this webinar or read a summary by ELT Planning.]
Did you know, for example, that…
- …there are billions of people using English today – and most of them are not native speakers?
- …there is no single accent of English which is most widely understood?
- …teaching pronunciation can be both practical and fun?
- …teaching pronunciation will improve learners’ skills in all areas, not only speaking?
In the webinar, we’ll discuss these points and more, plus try some practical activities for teaching pron. Attendees will get a certificate from Macmillan afterwards.
Sign up now via the Macmillan English website.
I’ve just come to the end of 3 weeks in Greece (2 in Athens and 1 in Thessaloniki), volunteering as a teacher trainer for some of the volunteers there who are teaching English to adult refugees. Continue reading
As part of my role at Cambridge University Press, I frequently attend and present at events focused on bridging the gap between applied linguistics research and ELT practice. Continue reading
This weekend I had the great pleasure of attending the second ever Innovate ELT conference in Barcelona, Spain, organised and hosted by ELT Jam and Oxford TEFL – and the great pleasure and honour of opening the main day of the conference by giving the first of three mini-plenaries. Continue reading
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
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