Teaching Pronunciation and Phonetics

Phonemic Chart

Essential Phonetics, by Tony Penston

“Essential Phonetics is a great book. It is very comprehensive and concise at the same time. It deals with pronunciation problems we always face in multicultural classes, and gives us teachers easy, straightforward phonetic input, enabling us to help our students. The illustrations are very helpful, showing how to produce particularly difficult sounds. Essential Phonetics is a short guide that even busy teachers can manage to read.
I strongly recommend this book for both experienced teachers and trainees. Every English language teacher should have it.” – review

Emma’s interview with Tony Penston:

“The founder of TP Publications, author of “Essential Phonetics for English Language Teachers”, and of “A Concise Grammar for English Language Teachers”  gives us his views on embedding pronunciation correction successfully in a lesson.” … Continue reading

  • Language Clarification and Practice
  • Productive Skills: Speaking

How to Teach Pronunciation, by Gerald Kelly

From the “How to” series by Pearson Longman.

  • Language Clarification and Practice
  • Productive Skills: Speaking

Sound Foundations, by Adrian Underhill

Sound Foundations is another introduction to the English phonological system. It offers information on pronunciation systems and activities for the classroom. The discovery and experiential approach of the book (aha! - we talk about this approach in Module One: Learner Centredness of the TEFL Preparation Course)  means that you and your students learn through physically experiencing how pronunciation works. The latest edition includes an Audio CD which contains recorded examples of the sounds described in the book. You can also find lots of videos of Adrian leading sessions of pronunciation on Youtube.

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