Tips about teaching speaking skills and pronunciation

How English sounds to non-English speakers

Have you ever wondered how English sounds to a non-English speaker? A short (under 4-minute) film called ‘Skwerl’ attempts to demonstrate this phenomenon. As I was watching this, I often had the uncanny feeling that if only I could hear … Read More»

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Discussions and more – Penny Ur – 20th January 2015

Penny Ur has updated her classic EFL book and published through Cambridge University Press in January 2015. CUP are offering a 20% discount for any orders placed in January. Most students want to work on ‘speaking skills’, but as that … Read More»

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Example lesson based on your student’s 10 associations with the UK (all levels)

This lesson is devised for students joining a Homelingua home tuition course. As a pre-arrival activity, we survey some students asking them for ‘the ten things they most associate with the UK’. If we have sent this and it has … Read More»

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English UK 2012 Teachers’ Conference #2: teaching unstress (Adrian Underhill)

At a packed session, Adrian Underhill remarked that a common problem students have with pronouncing English is not stressing syllables but rather unstressing them. A good way to start raising awareness of the effect of different word stress patterns is … Read More»

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Pronunciation: What do you correct?

In the last ten years there has been a growing debate about accents. As English is being increasingly used around the world, more and more interactions are between non-native speakers. Does this have implications for pronunciation teaching?

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The British Council Seminar Series 2012-13 is about to start

18 Sept, 6.30pm Luke Meddings, on using found objects in the ELT classroom Spring Gardens, London 9 Oct, 6.30pm Michael Rundell: can dictionaries, in their classical pedagogical and print form, have any place in a digital world? Spring Gardens, London Every seminar … Read More»

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Interesting discussion on student correction

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Thought-provoking article from a well-known CELTA trainer. Student mistakes are not always what they seem! The comments are also worth reading. http://chiasuanchong.com/2012/08/09/the-celta-trainers-diary-part-6-correcting-students-mistakes/

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Spanish pronunciation interference

All mother tongues influence what learners find difficult in English. Here is a look at Spanish:

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Why English is difficult for Arabic speakers

As Arabic is not an Indo-European language it does not share many of the fundamental features of English. What feels obvious to say speakers of English, German, Spanish or Russian may not be at all obvious to Arabic speakers. Read on for … Read More»

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Teaching higher-level young learners (over 20 suggestions)

Some young learners already have quite a good level of English (upper intermediate plus). They are sometimes very well travelled and often go to international schools where some subjects are taught in English. Here are over 20 suggestions about how to … Read More»

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