Real Communicative Language Teaching Unveiled

A workshop given by Tony Penston, author of “Essential Phonetics for English Language Teachers”.
Saturday, 31st October, 10.00 – 12.00 am.

“When students come to class they expect the teacher to know how to fix any serious mispronunciations. Therefore, the teacher must be competent in English phonology and its exploitation in the correction of errors.”
In this workshop Tony Penston will present his views on successful pronunciation correction in everyday teaching, and invite participation in tasks and discussion.

The workshop will include:

  1. An attempt to define ‘real’ communicative language teaching and the part phonetics plays in it;
  2. A discussion on how much a teacher should know about phonetics;
  3. Error correction using simple drawings of the vocal tract and sentences on the board;
  4. Some techniques for practising difficult sounds;
  5. The use of dialogues, role-play, stories, and songs for stress and intonation;
  6. Discussion on English accents.

10.00 – 10.10 Welcome introduction, Mariana Laxague, EFL teacher and owner of L’albero di Antonia
10.10 – 11.00 Teaching Pronunciation part one, Tony Penston
11.00 – 11.15 Coffee break
11.15 – 12.00 Teaching Pronunciation part two, Tony Penston
12.00 Closing talk, Mariana Laxague.
Venue: L’albero di Antonia, Via Mollieres, 25 (10141) Torino
Fee: € 50 per participant, including a copy of “Essential Phonetics for English Language Teachers”. Attendance certificate will be issued at end of workshop.
Contact: Monday to Thursday from 4.00 to 7.00 pm 011 7725059 /
Enrolment ends Friday 23rd October 2015

Tony Penston (Trinity College London TESOL Diploma, Trinity College Dublin Masters in Applied Linguistics) has been a teacher and teacher trainer at home (Ireland) and abroad over the past 35 years. His last position abroad was as trainer and teacher inspector in Oman, and back home he was Director of Studies for Eden College in Bray before deciding to work as a full–time writer and consultant. His EFL interests are varied, reflected in his three books on grammar, phonetics and Irish history, though these evince his overriding interest in methodology. Tony lives in Greystones, a seaside town south of Dublin, with his wife and son.

More information about the author at StudyCelta


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