I will be running this 2-week teacher training programme Pronunciation and Storytelling: from Phonemes to Fluency at Bell Teachers Campus, Cambridge in July 2016
It is for practitioners wanting to explore new approaches to pronunciation learning and who want practical ways to integrate pronunciation with all other language activities in the classroom. It provides a complete practical overview of the Sound Foundations approach to pronunciation, with continuous practical work, micro teaching and feedback. We will be pushing at the boundaries not only of teaching and learning sounds, words and connected speech, but of how the learning of sounds is embedded into words, which are in turn embedded into connected speech, and how connected speech serves the personal expression of the speaker.
In order to explore the speaker’s choices of intonation, sentence stress, pause, silence, voice tone, body movement, gesture, delivery, and in fact the qualities of their personal presence while speaking, we will in the second week use short stories learnt by, and spoken from, the heart, though told differently every time. This will provide an extended opportunity to rehearse and speak with personal meaning, allowing pronunciation and prosody to serve our personal presence, performance and presentation skills in creating a quality of intelligibility that is engaging, touching.
The overall aim is to use the physicality of pronunciation to bring language to life, and life to language. In short, pronunciation motivates.