Webinar: Teaching English pronunciation for a real world (Laura Patsko)

This webinar from November 2018 is a good introduction to the concept of English as a Lingua Franca. The hour-long session gives an overview the following:

Why teach pronunciation?Who uses English nowadays?What should we prioritise for learners’ pronunciation?What can we do in the classroom?

It’s certainly a tall order to cover all these areas in such a short session, but Patsko’s summary is clear and she provides plenty of links for further reading.

Patsko says we should teach pronunciation because…

She then shared some interesting facts about who speaks English nowadays… apparently 80% of spoken interaction in English happens with no native-English speaker present – sounds believable. Also, 80% of English language teachers are non-native speakers.

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