We’ve just returned from a very enjoyable week at the 48th Annual IATEFL Conference in Harrogate, Yorkshire.
Our presentation took place on Thursday 3rd April and we were delighted with the high attendance and positive response from the audience. A key message in our presentation was that:
Teaching pronunciation for ELF is primarily about re-thinking goals and re-defining error, as opposed to modifying classroom practice. (Walker, 2010:71)
A big “thank you” to all those who attended to hear us expand on this point! You can view and download our presentation slides here. We also prepared a handout for the session, which you can download here. The handout simply provided references for the various blog posts, research and activities that we discussed in the presentation, which we have also listed below so that you can click directly through to those which are available online.
We weren’t able to video record this session, unfortunately. If you couldn’t make it to this conference session, you might like to attend (in person or online) our next, longer presentation on a similar topic. This will take place at the British Council in London on 10 June 2014.
- How to do a needs analysis with a multilingual group
- How to identify areas of overlap among different first languages (in a multilingual class)
- How to filter coursebook content to suit an ELF approach (examples from elementary, pre-intermediate, intermediate and upper-intermediate levels of New Cutting Edge)
- Some dictation activities (ideal for exposing students in a monolingual context to other accents of English)
- Links to external websites which feature authentic audio recordings of a wide range of accents of English
- ‘Pronunciation Battleships‘ board games designed to practise pronunciation features relevant to particular L1 backgrounds
Baker, A. (1982) Ship or Sheep? Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Hancock, M. (1995) Pronunciation Games. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Jenkins, J. (2000) The phonology of English as an International Language: New models, new norms, new goals. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Seidlhofer, B. (2011) Understanding English as a Lingua Franca. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Walker, R. (2010) Teaching the pronunciation of English as a Lingua Franca. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Zoghbor, W. (2009). ‘The implications of the LFC for the Arab context’. Speak Out! The newsletter of the IATEFL Pronunciation Special Interest Group. 41: 25-29.