This is the second in our new series of posts where we invite teachers to share their experiences of developing how they teach pronunciation. If you would like to be featured just let us know!
In this post, we invited Galina to discuss her recent ventures into teacher research. Doing self-directed classroom-based research is a great way to reflect and develop. I asked Galina to send me some images of her board work to help illustrate what she is doing and in the videos we explore two examples. She also gives us some background on the research she is doing and why she decided to focus on pronunciation. Hopefully this will inspire you to do some research in your classes to develop how you teach pron!
Thanks Galina! You are a real pron star!! See below for some follow up comments from Galina on what she did.
Galina has this to say about her recent experiences with pronunciation teaching:
“I had a few illusions about Pron work before the Dip which were completely dispelled by the course and the DRP that I’m undertaking now
My illusions were the following:
1) Pron work is best for Young learners;
2) Pron work is always boring for Adult learners;
3) The knowledge of suprasegmental elements (prosody) is daunting and not interesting for GE Adult learners. Moreover, I don’t know how to make it doable, interesting and fun.
4) The knowledge of suprasegmentals (features of connected speech such as linking, elision, reduction etc) is necessary only for ESP and EAP learners.
5) If you do Pron work, you should spend a lot of time on it, 5-6 minutes each lesson is not enough.
6) Pron work is not connected with listening and can’t be part of a listening procedure.”
We think this shows that the research she has done is really changing her approach and building her confidence in how she works with pronunciation. In the next post we will talk more about Galina’s research and Mark and I will be returning to talk about pron. We will share some other ideas you can take into the classroom as well as helping you to develop your knowledge of Phonology!