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Pronunciation and Phonetics

A Practical Guide for English Language Teachers, 1st Edition

By Adam Brown


324 pages

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This engaging, succinct text is an introduction to both phonetics and phonology as applied to the teaching of pronunciation to English language learners. Section 1 selectively covers the main areas of phonetics and phonology, without going into any area in more depth than the average English language teacher requires or that the average English language teacher trainee can handle. Section 2 focuses on practical issues related to learners and how they learn languages, and what represents good practice in terms of classroom activities for pronunciation—including aspects such as targets, motivation and priorities. The chapters end with activities to help the reader understand concepts. Section 3 provides innovative sample activities which put into practice the theoretical points covered in the first two sections, answers to the various exercises, recommended further reading (both print and non-print), a glossary of technical phonetic terms, and a bibliography of works on pronunciation teaching. The text is accompanied by a Companion Website with audio recordings of model pronunciations and audio material relating to the activities.


"Pronunciation and Phonetics: A Practical Guide for English Language Teachers is exactly what it claims to be—a treatment of the topic addressed to those who are new to it and who require a grounding in the practical classroom-based aspects of how to teach pronunciation to English learners. The author’s use of humor and his engaging, highly accessible writing style make this volume a valuable contribution to the field."

-Donna M. Brinton, Lecturer (Retired), UCLA

"This book represents an exceptionally valuable source of background material on phonetics that many teachers will find really valuable. … Many will appreciate the depth of detail about phonetics, the clarity with which issues about teaching pronunciation are presented, and the valuable games and exercises in the final section of the book."

-Speak Out!

Table of Contents


Symbols for English Sounds


Section I: Phonetics

1: Introduction

2: Accents of English worldwide

3: Airstreams and the vocal cords

4: Cardinal vowels

5: Vowels

6: The vocal organs and consonant classification

7: Plosives and nasals

8: Fricatives and affricates

9: Approximants

10: Non-English sounds

11: Syllable structure

12: Phonemes

13: Accent differences

14: Phonology

15: Weakening and linking

16: Assimilation and elision

17: Connected speech processes

18: Pausing and speed

19: Word stress

20: Tone groups

21: Tones

22: Rhythm

23: Voice quality

Section II: Pronunciation Teaching

24: Targets

25: Integration

26: The effectiveness of pronunciation teaching

27: Motivation and affect

28: Fossilization

29: First language influence

30: Importance

31: Spelling: History

32: Spelling: Literacy

33: Nonverbal communication

34: Listening

35: Testing

Section III: Sample Exercises

Sample exercises

Answers to exercises




About the Author

Adam Brown is Head (International Business), Senior lecturer and research committee member, Centre for Research in International Education (CRIE), AIS St Helens, Auckland, New Zealand.

About the Series

ESL & Applied Linguistics Professional Series

This series provides essential texts on teaching English as a second language and applied linguistics. It includes authored and edited volumes to be used as primary or supplementary texts in graduate-level and teacher training courses to enhance students’ and practicing teachers’ professional qualifications and knowledge. Each text is designed to promote the current and growing body of knowledge in applied linguistics and second language teaching, including advances in teacher education and the study of language.

Specifically, the series includes, but is not limited to, current uses of applied linguistics research in teaching a variety of second language skills, such as reading, writing, speaking and listening; materials and curriculum design; literacy; English for academic purposes; and research methods.

The texts also deal with broad domains of professional preparation related to socio-cultural perspectives and current issues/topics in teaching and learning a second language.

Books in the series benefit not only students, but experienced teachers, curriculum developers, teacher trainers, program administrators, and other second and foreign language professionals seeking to advance and update their knowledge and expertise.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / English as a Second Language