Practical Tips for Integrating Pronunciation into your Lessons

Presenters

Tamara Jones, John Levis, Marnie Reed, Minah Woo

When?

Wednesday, 22 February 2017
10:30 am–12:00 pm ET
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Who Should Attend?

all ESL and EFL teachers

More About This Seminar

Incorporating pronunciation instruction into other skills benefits not only students’ speaking abilities, but also their vocabulary acquisition, listening skills, grammatical accuracy, and reading proficiency.  However, instructors rarely have the luxury of teaching stand-alone pronunciation lessons.  In this webinar, the speakers suggest practical ways for all teachers to integrate pronunciation into all of their lessons.

What Will I Learn?

Participants will

  • become familiarized with core pronunciation features essential for comprehensibility,
  • learn how to make pronunciation instructions accessible and relevant to students at all levels,
  • get fun, engaging ideas for integrating pronunciation into listening and speaking lessons,
  • understand how pronunciation lessons can enhance vocabulary and grammar development,
  • learn about the connection between bottom up reading skills and pronunciation, and
  • walk away with practical strategies for use in class the next day.

About the Presenters

Tamara Jones has been an ESL instructor for more than twenty years.  She has taught in Russia, Korea, England, Belgium and the USA.  She is currently the Intensive Program Coordinator with the English Language Center at Howard Community College in Columbia, MD.  Tamara holds a PhD in Education from the University of Sheffield in the UK and is the editor of Pronunciation in the Classroom: The Overlooked Essential published by TESOL Press. She is also co-author of Q: Skills for Success, Listening and Speaking 4 and author of 50 Ways to Teach them Vocabulary and 50 Ways to Teach them Pronunciation

Marnie Reed is Associate Professor of Education and affiliated faculty in the Program in Linguistics at Boston University, and director of the TESOL Ed.M. program in the School of Education. The focus of Dr. Reed’s research, publications, and conference presentations is second language acquisition, specifically in applied phonetics and phonology. Her current area of interest and research is in the role of metacognition in cross-linguistic awareness of the pragmatic functions of intonation. She is co-editor and chapter contributor to the Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of English Pronunciation. She has been a consultant to academic institutions, government, and industry, both domestically and internationally.

John Levis is Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESL at Iowa State University, where he specializes in the teaching of pronunciation and oral communication. He is the creator and organizer of the annual Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching conference, now in its ninth year. He is also the founding editor of the new Journal of Second Language Pronunciation. He is co-editor of the Phonetics and Phonology section of the Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics (2013), Social Dynamics in Second Language Accent (2014), and The Handbook of English Pronunciation (2015).

Minah Woo is the Director of the English Language Center at Howard Community College located in Columbia, Maryland.  She has been teaching and administrating ESL programs for 16 years.  She has an MA in TESOL from Notre Dame of Maryland University.  She is currently a PhD candidate and teaches in the MA TESOL program at Notre Dame of Maryland University.  Her areas of focus are emerging literacy of adults who have limited literacy in their L1 and writings of Generation 1.5 students.