Pronunciation has been referred to as “the CINDERELLA of language teaching in that it has been neglected, and become disconnected from other language learning activities” (Underhill, 2010). Yet, it is known to exercise an important influence on all four language skills, not only speaking: when we read, we “sub-vocalise” words, or hear them in our mind; when we listen, our awareness of pronunciation will affect what we are able to hear and how the sounds we hear are represented in our mind. When we write, knowledge of sound-spelling relationships comes into play, as we hear the words internally first. (Hancock, 2013; Underhill, 2010). This all-encompassing element of teaching is the focus of the latest post in my “ELT Top 10’s” series.
So here we are:
My top 10 resources to help you get Cinderella to that ball! (Click on any picture to be taken directly to the corresponding resource.)
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