I'm Jack Richards, your Consultant for Methodology and Linguistics, and this week I will be discussing approaches to teaching pronunciation.
In my video, I consider how approaches to teaching pronunciation have changed with the various changes in methodologies. I will also reflect on accent, how this can be influenced by a learner's sense of identity and the increasing importance of 'intelligibility' over 'accuracy'. I will also discuss briefly some of the observations and suggestions made by Jennifer Jenkins on what features are taught as part of 'standard' English pronunciation and whether these are vital to intelligibility.
I'll be here in the forum all this week, answering your questions and exploring the ideas in more detail.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts.