Important Pronunciation Matters Features and Principles
Teachers of English to speakers of other languages are acutely aware of the need for better methods and materials for improving their students' pronunciation. In response to this need, Pronunciation Matters provides a wealth of instructional activities and materials that are effective in improving students' pronunciation yet easy for classroom teachers to use. These activities are also varied, flexible, and adaptable. Lessons can be focused and short, or they can fill an entire class hour without boring students. For these reasons, Pronunciation Matters units can form an entire pronunciation course for intermediate-advanced students focusing on microlevel skills, or they can fit into almost any ESL/EFL curriculum on an ad hoc basis when an emphasis on pronunciation is desired.
A few additional Pronunciation Matters features of special interest to you as a teacher are outlined below.
Story-based Contextualization with Visual Support
Each unit starts with an engaging story, not an academic linguistic point. This story not only gets students' attention but also serves as a contextual foundation for a variety of follow-up activities and makes them meaningful. Contextualization of practice activities, a pedagogical virtue that has been achieved only sporadically in ESL/EFL pronunciation-teaching materials, is at the heart of Pronunciation Matters. The book's units provide a rich resource of story contexts, each carefully engineered to focus on an important sound contrast in North American English. In addition, chalkboard-style pictures that you or your students can draw illustrate each context and make practice even more meaningful and interesting.