Teaching English Pronunciation: Understanding and Utilizing the IPA Chart

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Pronunciation materials and lessons often show IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) symbols but what do they mean? And, how can you use them to improve your pronunciation instruction? Join our expert panel for an intro and overview of the International Phonetic Alphabet as well as practical applications to your English language classroom and teaching. We will be reviewing the sounds of both North American and British English.


Dr. Luciana Marques
Dr. Luciana Marques has a PhD in Linguistics from University of Colorado at Boulder. She specializes in experimental approaches to issues of first and second language speech production and perception, including L1 to L2 phonological transfer and research-based approaches to teaching pronunciation. She is also interested in Romance linguistics, psycholinguistics, historical linguistics and conversation design. She teaches undergraduate and graduate Linguistics and TEFL/TESL classes in the English Department at Colorado State University.
Erin Shaw Hernandez
Erin Shaw Hernandez is an experienced TESOL professional with expertise ranging from teaching in the classroom to owning and operating an accredited language school. She received a MA TESOL degree from Brigham Young University, and has extensive experience in curriculum and program development, teacher training, language assessment and program marketing.
Michael Berman
Michael Berman is professor of ESL and two-time coordinator of the English for Academic Purpose program at Montgomery College, the oldest and largest community college in Maryland, USA. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and over a dozen ESL textbooks and software applications, including Connect with English (McGraw Hill), Advanced Listening (DynEd International), and the American English Pronunciation Card and the Word Combination Card (Pro Lingua Learning). He has won national awards for both his teaching and materials writing. His teaching career has been varied and includes formative years spent at the Centro Venezolano Americano (a bi-national center) in Caracas, La Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila in Saltillo, Mexico, and the University of Illinois at Champaign, among other locales. In 2007, he founded Language Arts Press, an ESL publishing house dedicated to developing new models of higher ed ESL resources that are engaging, research-based and affordable for students. In 2021, Language Arts Press merged with Pro Lingua Associates, becoming Pro Lingua Learning, of which Michael now serves as the Chief Education Officer.

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