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 Tatiana Skopintseva is Chair of the Humanities and Languages Department at New Economic School in Moscow. Before joining NES, she worked at the Department of English Phonetics at MSLU where she earned her kandidat nauk and Associate Professor degrees. Tatiana is an IREX alumna (UPenn), a frequent IATEFL speaker and is currently an IATEFL PronSig general committee member.

Teaching public speaking skills to Russian learners

Global communication scenarios where English is used as a lingua franca have called on ELT scholars to intensively revise the long established EFL curriculum and emphasize the need for the development of ELF pedagogy.

In the talk, we will consider English segmental and suprasegmental elements of pronunciation in view of their importance for mastering public speaking skills by Russian learners. The assumptions are drawn on theoretical and practical data gained at the Department of English Phonetics at Moscow State Linguistic University and the seven-year classroom experience of teaching a Public Speaking course to Russian ESP/EAP learners in an EMI environment.

Heather Hansen works globally as a pronunciation and presentation skills trainer for some of the world’s largest multinational companies. She is founder of the corporate training firm Global Speech Academy, creator of the online Pronunciation Mastery Program and author/co-author of 4 books.

Teaching Presentation Skills for the Real World

In our fast-paced world, it’s rare that your students will be asked to prepare a formal, textbook presentation. The days of hiding behind a podium to read a lecture are long gone. Researchers and academics can no longer stay in their ivory towers, but are expected to bring their research to the masses in a clear, confident, and convincing way. Even classroom lectures at international universities are expected to be interactive, discussion-based learning experiences.

Students today, whether they go into academia or business, will be faced with difficult conversations, last-minute meetings, video conferences and conference calls. They’ll be asked to share their thoughts with their bosses or department heads without any preparation, and they’ll need to impress and persuade people to secure funding for their next bright idea.

Yes, traditional presentation skills are still important. Good presenters need to be able to overcome speaking anxiety and build confidence, analyze their audience and be persuasive, structure their thoughts clearly and quickly, deliver their ideas with greater flow, and answer questions on the spot.

In this workshop we’ll look at how we can teach our learners to apply the basic presentation skills they learn in academic English courses to real-world challenges. You’ll discover how you can best prepare your learners so they can present themselves clearly and confidently in every situation.

Gemma Archer, University of Strathclyde

Gemma holds a CELTA, Dip TESOL and a Master’s of Research in English Language and Linguistics and is the current editor of the IATEFL Pron SIG’s bi annual journal Speak Out! She has taught in the UK, Ireland, Italy and the Middle East, but for the last seven years has been a teacher of English for Academic Purposes and pre-sessional co-ordinator at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. Her particular areas of interest are pronunciation for academia, English as a Lingua Franca, and regional accents, in particular Scottish Standard English.

Do pronunciation models matter? Reflections on a classroom based study.

With the number of English language users growing year upon year, the majority of whom being L2 speakers not residing in a native English speaking country, the question ‘Which type of accent (or model) should we teach?’ is more relevant than ever. 

For decades, prestige model, Received Pronunciation (RP), and more recently, General American (GA) were our only real options, but now, for cultural, historical and practical reasons, they are not always appropriate. This talk will share some recent classroom based research on student perception and production when taught with and without a prestige accent, concluding with recommendations teachers can consider when preparing pronunciation content for their own classrooms.

Louise Guyett has worked in the ELT industry in Ireland for the past ten years. She is currently the Director of Studies in The English Studio, Dublin and has previously worked as a materials writer specialising in designing pronunciation materials for both print and digital platforms. She has also been a member of the IATELF PronSIG committee since 2014.

Learner attitudes towards NNEST and pronunciation teaching in a NES environment

In this talk, Louise is going to discuss the results of a survey on English language learner attitudes towards Non-Native Speaker teachers and pronunciation. The survey was undertaken in a private English language institution in Dublin, Ireland where English is the first language and was aimed at discovering the attitudes and expectations of learners coming to a native English speaking country, specifically focusing on pronunciation. 

Wayne Rimmer is a freelance teacher, trainer and materials writer with experience of working in the UK and abroad. He is Co-ordinator of IATEFL Pronunciation SIG.

Pronunciation, prose and poetry

A natural context for natural pronunciation is the written and spoken word and all the genres they include, whether metric verse or free-flowing prose. This session will demonstrate the potential of literature, interpreted very widely, to highlight pronunciation features and motivate learners to produce them.