EFL/ESL Teaching Tip: Things Teachers Should know about Pronunciation

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This week’s video features James, the Head of Teacher Training here at Rennert, sharing some information about pronunciation that every language teacher should be aware of.

James discusses 3 points:

• Rising intonation for Wh-questions
• 5 different ways that we pronounce /t/
• The relationship between voiced/unvoiced consonants and the length of the vowel sound that follows them

In the first part of the video James explains that typically Wh- questions have falling intonation and yes/no questions have rising intonation. However, something to share with your students is that the falling intonation of a Wh- question can change to rising if a person is seeking clarification or asking someone to repeat what was just said.

The second point James brings up is that we commonly pronounce the /t/ sound in 5 different ways: with strong aspiration (attack) , with medium aspiration (melting), with no aspiration (sat), as a tap between vowel sounds (city) or as a glottal stop (kitten).

Lastly, James addresses the point that the vowel length before voiced or unvoiced consonants varies. A vowel sound that comes before a voiced consonant is longer than the vowel sound before an unvoiced consonant.

Please watch the video for more details and specific examples. I hope you found this helpful :).

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