Pronunciation research and pedagogy are receiving a great deal of attention lately (e.g. PTLC, EPIP, New Sounds, PSLLT, Accents, ACTA, and the IATEFL and TESOL Special Interest Section conferences and events) as researchers now widely accept that it is an extremely important skill for successful communication and can improve language learners’ overall intelligibility (see Seidlhofer 2001, Levis 2006, Gilakjani 2012, Barker et al. 2012). Nevertheless, pronunciation tends to be neglected in ELT curricula and has been viewed diachronically as the “Cinderella” of ELT (Kelly 1969, Dalton 1997, Underhill 2013) due to its inferior status within language curricula and classrooms when compared to other language skills. This presentation will give an overview of recent trends and directions in teaching and practicing pronunciation, focusing on specific difficulties that teachers and learners face. Practical ways of integrating pronunciation into classroom activities will also be discussed.
Lecturer: Marianna Kyprianou (University of Cyprus)
Marianna Kyprianou (BA, MA, PhD) is an English Language Instructor at the University of Cyprus Language Centre. She teaches advanced English for Academic Purposes courses as well as ESP (English for Specific Purposes) courses (English for Law and English for Technical Purposes) and she also designs and delivers teacher training workshops. Her research interests include Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Teacher Training, Instructional Technology,
Pronunciation Teaching, Curriculum development and evaluation, and English for Specific Purposes (ESP).
Time and place: 9th May, 15:00-16:00, Komenského nám. 2, Room 213 (Language Centre)