How To Write Pronunciation Activities

Pronunciation is the super-power of ELT! So say Laura Patsko and Katy Simpson, co-authors of this book which sets out to give teachers and materials writers the tools for writing pronunciation activities. They show how to integrate pronunciation into any set of materials, making it a routine part of a lesson rather than a special occasion, or add-on.

This book provides:

  • an outline of the key principles for writing pronunciation activities.
  • an understanding of which features of pronunciation are likely to be the most important for clear speech.
  • an analysis of different types of pronunciation activities with guidance on selecting activities to match your aims.
  • footnotes to explain technical terms and an alphabetical glossary for a ‘dip in and out’ reading experience.
  • a comprehensive ‘Useful resources’ section.

This book forms part of the ELT Teacher 2 Writer training course. The course is designed to help you write better ELT materials, either for publication, or simply to improve the quality of your self-produced classroom materials.


Laura Patsko

Laura Patsko

Laura is an experienced teacher, trainer and researcher who now works mainly as a language and learning consultant. She specializes in teacher education, pronunciation and ELF, and is author or co-author of several books, chapters and articles on these topics. She is also former Editor of Speak Out!, the journal of the IATEFL Pronunciation Special Interest Group (2014–17). She tweets as @lauraahaha and @BlackbirdLXD. 

Katy Simpson

Katy Simpson

Katy is a teacher and materials writer currently based in Japan. She has worked in the UK, Thailand, and Dubai, where she developed an interest in the use of English as a Lingua Franca. She co-authors a blog about English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) pronunciation, at elfpron.wordpress.com, which aims to bridge the gap between research and the classroom. Katy has spoken about ELF pronunciation at conferences around the world, including a presentation for the British Council Seminar Series. In 2016, she set up an online school aimed at students who use English internationally, at myenglishvoice.com, which publishes weekly self-study materials aimed at developing students’ listening and pronunciation skills. My English Voice is a finalist in the 2017 ELTons for Innovation in Learner Resources.

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