Use of technology in second language pronunciation instruction.

This presentation will provide a brief overview of the history of technology and its application to pronunciation instruction.  Students will be familiarized with High Variability Pronunciation Training (HVPT), which despite its technical sounding name is an important technique that every teacher should have in their toolbox.  They will learn about the research foundations of HVPT and the theoretical assumptions underpinning this approach to input-based (perceptual) pronunciation training.  Several empirical studies where these studies were used will be highlighted. Participants will be introduced to a web-based version of this technique (www.englishaccentcoach.com), and taken through a detailed tutorial, including how to register for a free account and how to best utilize the site with students. Participants will need to have access to computers and to the Internet to make this demonstration a success.

Objectives

  • Discuss the advantages and limitations of technology for pronunciation instruction.
  • Identify the value of High Variability Pronunciation Training (HVPT)
  • Do a free registration for the website
  • Be tutored on how to use this technique for your classes

Who should attend?

  • ELT professionals of all levels
  • English teachers of secondary and higher secondary classes
  • Anyone who wants to enhance their own pronunciation skills

Date:

To Be Announced Later

Timings:

3:00 pm -6:00 pm

Workshop  Fee:

Member’s Fee: Rs.2200/-

Non Member’s Fee: Rs.2700/-

Venue

To Be Announced Later

Limited seats on first come, first served basis

Inclusive of course materials, certificate, & refreshments

Become a member on the spot and avail member rates.  Institutional members – send 4 teachers at member rates.

Ron Thomson is Professor of Applied Linguistics at Brock University, Canada. His research interests include second language (L2) pronunciation, L2 oral fluency, and Computer Assisted Pronunciation Training. Professor Thomson is the creator of www.englishaccentcoach.com, a free web-based pronunciation instruction tool used by English learners around the world.