17 Feb Integrating pronunciation to bring language to life, online, and at all levels
March 26th, 11:30 – 13:00 local time Bucharest, Romania
I propose a pedagogical shift: bring classroom language to life by fully integrating pronunciation into all learning activities in a new way that invites a vivid and personally meaningful practice of grammar, vocabulary and discourse….. and that saves time.
By pronunciation I mean more than sounds: I mean the totality of the way we use our voices in order to affect other listeners, and the way we hear others doing the same.
Pronunciation is already in everything we do, in every moment of every lesson. It is embedded in all 4 skills, in remembering, storing, recognising and recalling, and in the internal activities of assembling and rehearsing an utterance before speaking.
Thus pronunciation is already integrated, and yet our methodology does not exploit that. I shall discuss this pedagogical shift .
I will also suggest practical classroom strategies that you can tailor to your own teaching style and use at any level, and ways to use them in our new online classrooms.
I work as a teacher, trainer, consultant, writer and speaker. I'm a past President of IATEFL, current IATEFL ambassador, trustee of International House London, and series editor of Macmillan Books for Teachers. Also author of Sound Foundations and designer of the Sound Foundations phonemic chart.
My current projects include leadership development, the future of teacher training and professional inquiry. I am interested in teaching beyond methods, and in bringing
playfulness, spontaneity, improvisation and storytelling into classroom learning. All my adult life I have drunk tea and played jazz in local bars.