Pronunciation Matters

Pronunciation Matters is an instructional system for improving the pronunciation of intermediate and advanced learners of English as a second or foreign language. It provides meaningful, communicative, and motivating practice activities leading to the mastery of targeted sound contrasts in North American English.

Pronunciation Matters contains 186 focused, independent instructional units that help English language learners recognize and overcome their pronunciation difficulties in a wide variety of areas that experienced ESL/EFL teachers around the world have noted as problematic for learners of English. The units are organized in eight sections—vowels, consonants, consonant clusters, reduction and blending, word stress, sentence stress, intonation, and segmentation.

Pronunciation Matters was published by the University of Michigan Press as a print textbook (with an accompanying teacher’s manual) from 1999 to 2008. Then, the paper books went out of print and copyright was reassigned to the primary author. This website now brings you all the material in the original Pronunciation Matters paper books, plus additional audio and video. In addition, it allows you to select only those portions of Pronunciation Matters that are pertinent to your needs as a teacher or learner of English. In this way, this website continues accomplishing the purposes of the print books in a new and better way.



Comments from teachers who have used Pronunciation Matters in their classrooms:

"My Students loved the combination of the humorous short story with the pronunciation practice. I was a resounding success."

"I used Pronunciation Matters three or four times in my class, and the students kept requesting more."

"My students liked the card game a lot."

"The students had fun drawing the pictures to go with the short readings."

"I found it to be very easy to use as a teacher, and very effective in practicing pronunciation skills in a semi-communicative setting."

"The lesson was effective in helping my student to hear and produce the slight difference in sounds."

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