Professional Development

EAP learners and pronunciation

Craig Thaine

In this webinar, Craig Thaine, co-author of Cambridge English Empower and ELT teacher, discusses EAP learners and how they can struggle with pronunciation.

Craig discusses the oral communication needs that EAP learners have, especially when they move from a programme that you teach and move perhaps to an undergraduate subject.  He covers comprehensibility, looking at what this actually means, as well as the relationship between comprehensibility and a students’ ability to communicate effectively.

In addition to looking at pronunciation materials and methodology principles for dealing with EAP and pronunciation, Craig poses the question – should students aim to be like native speakers?  This leads on to a presentation of research around tone of voice, the role it has to play in learning to speak English, and if tone is important.

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