Tag Archives: pronunciation

On the Tip of My Tongue: Articulatory Awareness to Teach Pronunciation

Robert Sheppard
Rob Sheppard

Most of us can give students accurate and functional definitions of, say, verb, semicolon, and syllable, yet we may feel out of our depth when it comes to describing the workings of pronunciation. But pronunciation need not be so daunting … Continue reading

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Spelling deMYTHtified: 7 Insights for Language Teachers

Karen Taylor de Caballero
Karen Taylor de Caballero

It’s been sent to you dozens of times by well-meaning friends and family. Perhaps you’ve  forwarded it to folks in your own address book, or perhaps you’ve even developed a pronunciation lesson around it, as I did several years ago. … Continue reading

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Pssslt! Here’s What You Should Know About the PSLLT Conference

Karen Taylor de Caballero
Karen Taylor de Caballero

Each year, the annual TESOL Convention provides speaking-pronunciation-listening enthusiasts with dozens of opportunities to dig deeper and learn more about teaching oral/aural skills. Just browse through the Pre- and Postconvention Institutes for TESOL 2016, and you’ll see six sessions that … Continue reading

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Pronunciation Teaching Charlatans: 5 Red Flags

Karen Taylor de Caballero
Karen Taylor de Caballero

When was the last time you turned to the Internet to solve a problem or find an answer to a question? Minutes ago, right? Well, guess what: Our students are doing it too, and many of them are looking for … Continue reading

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Pronunciation Perspectives Part 2: A Video Conversation with Tracey Derwing

Karen Taylor de Caballero
Karen Taylor de Caballero

In a recent post, I shared portions of my video interview with Dr. Tracey Derwing, coauthor of Pronunciation Fundamentals: Evidence-Based Perspectives for L2 Teaching and Research (Derwing & Munro, 2015). Here, I bring you more from that interview, focusing on … Continue reading

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Pronunciation Perspectives: A Video Conversation With Tracey Derwing

Karen Taylor de Caballero
Karen Taylor de Caballero

Move over, Perfection—there’s a better, smarter game in town for pronunciation teaching. Starring twin hitters Intelligibility and Comprehensibility, and it’s all about evidence-based instruction and the listener-speaker dynamic. You see, I recently had the pleasure of talking with Dr. Tracey … Continue reading

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Readers Theater: A Superfood for Oral Skills

Karen Taylor de Caballero
Karen Taylor de Caballero

When it comes to preparing courses and lessons, we all know we need to provide learners with a healthy diet of nutritious classroom activities that promote practice, improvement, and achievement. In this sense, Readers Theater (RT) is a superfood, an activity chock … Continue reading

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Eyes vs. Ears: The Problem of Vowels

Karen Taylor de Caballero
Karen Taylor de Caballero

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a piece about how our eyes play tricks on our ears. We experienced the McGurk Effect and we listened to “Obama’s Elf,” and I believe most of us had fun realizing that no … Continue reading

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House Wheat This Hound!: The Problem of Listening

Karen Taylor de Caballero
Karen Taylor de Caballero

If you’re baffled by the title, don’t fret: “House Wheat This Hound!” means nothing in its printed form. When said out loud, however, a listener can find meaning: How sweet the sound! Here’s what’s interesting: the listener must be a … Continue reading

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You Say “Tomato”: Is Accent Variation Relevant to ESL Students?

Karen Taylor de Caballero
Karen Taylor de Caballero

When the Gershwin brothers wrote “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” in 1937, accent variation was just as much a part of every day life as it is now, but talking about it was edgy, new. With the help of … Continue reading

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