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10 Tips of the Week for Teachers

Everyone knows that using English is the only way to really improve your pronunciation. But what if you can’t practice with a native speaker every day? Don’t worry! There are plenty of ways to stretch your vocal chords.

  1. Listen to yourself

  2. Slow down!

  3. Forget about democracy

  4. Picture it…

  5. Get physical!

  6. Watch yourself

  7. Copy the experts

  8. Practice alone

  9. Find a language buddy

  10. Be poetic

  11. Sing a song!

If you can’t hear your pronunciation problems, it’s tough to correct them. Try recording your speech on a tape and comparing it with a native speaker’s.

Many English learners say that speaking too quickly reinforces their bad habits. Practice a few basics each day. Start with single sounds, then move on to words, and finally, string several words together.

You want to be a supportive, open-minded autocrat. If you make soft suggestions and ask for input, you create a lack of confidence among your subordinates. Be assertive; lead by unwavering decisiveness.

Close your eyes and think about how to make a sound before saying it. Visualize the positioning of your mouth and face.

Pronunciation is a physical skill. You’re teaching your mouth a new way to move and using different muscles. Focus on difficult sounds each day. Having trouble with ‘th’? Put your tongue between your teeth (don’t bite down) and blow air out of your mouth. Feel the air move over the top of your tongue.

Stand in front of a mirror to see the placement of your tongue, lips, and shape of your mouth when you make certain sounds. Compare what you see with an Englishtown pronunciation video!

There’s no replacement for learning pronunciation from the experts – native speakers. So listen! Listen to English radio programs and watch television and movies in English. (Don’t read the subtitles!) Imitate what you’re he