How many times have we heard students say: "Hocam, I know English but I just can't speak." :(  Indeed, the washback effect of not having speaking assessed on the METU proficiency test basically undermines our efforts in class to get students to improve their speaking skills.  See Meral Cinar's research on our attitudes about teaching pronunciation. Nevertheless, we battle on... :)


  1. This is a very simple interactive IPA chart produced by the British Council.  Just click on a symbol, and you'll hear the sound, plus see a few sample words.  http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/activities/phonemic-chart
  2. This is another wonderful resource from the BBC.  A bit more academic and only for students who are really serious about pronunciation, or as a good reference for us as teachers.  Not specific to Turkish speakers, but just about English pronunciation in general. http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/grammar/pron/

Teaching ideas for IPA

  1.  Have a look at various blog posts with the tag 'pronunciation'

APPs for pronunciation

  1. 'Sounds right' is an APP in the British Council suite of mobile applications - http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/apps  is for practicing the IPA. Available both for iOS and Android.
  1. This APP was awarded a British Council ELTONs award in 2012, and has a free and premium version: http://www.macmillaneducationapps.com/soundspron Available both for iOS and Android.

Sites to encourage verbal interaction


    1. Skype for Education offers the chance for classes to meet and interact via video conferencing on joint projects.  You can also arrange to visit an 'expert' via SKYPE with your class -- the most amazing one I saw was the hook up with astronauts on the International Space Station.  https://education.skype.com/
    2. Another site aligned to http://newsinlevels.com is the 'Speaking in Levels' site, which lets language learners connect via SKYPE to practice English.  http://www.speakinlevels.com/

      Mobile APPs

      1. Speaking Pal is offered on Android and iOS platforms.  See http://www.speakingpal.com/ 
      2. An APP for ANDROID only looks good: http://www.9spikes.com/LSTeacher.aspx 

      1 comment:

      1. Teachers need to teach English words pronunciations in IPA inspired Alphabetic notations but not in just IPA.
        English has been respelled in IPA notations but not in Alphabetic notations.

        Transcription and transliteration:

        A phonetic (phonemic) alphabet is the only competent alphabet in the world. It can spell and correctly pronounce any word in our language. -Mark Twain

        ə fəˈnetɪk (fəˈniːmɪk) ˈælfəˌbet ɪz ðiː ˈoʊnliː ˈkɑmpətənt ˈælfəˌbet ˈɪn ðə ˈwərld. ˈɪt kən ˈspel ənd kəˈrekliː prəˈnæʊns ˈeniː ˈwərd ˈɪn ɑr ˈlæŋgwɪdʒ. -ˈmɑrk ˈtweɪn....IPA

        a̩ fa̩netik (fa̩nīmik) ălfa̩bet iz dhī onlī kāmpa̩ta̩nt ălfa̩bet in dha̩ va̩rld. it ka̩n spel a̩nd ka̩rektlī pra̩năuns enī wa̩rd in ār lăngvij. - Mārk Twein......Guja̩lish

        અ ફનેટિક્ (ફનીમિક્) ઍલ્ફબેટ્ ઇઝ્ ધી ઓન્લી કામ્પટન્ટ્ ઍલ્ફબેટ્ ઇન્ ધ વર્લ્ડ્. ઇટ્ કન્ સ્પેલ્ અન્ડ્ કરેક્ટલી પ્રનૅઉન્સ્ એની વર્ડ્ ઇન્ આર્ લૅન્ગ્વિજ્. -માર્ક્ ટ્વેઇન્ ...Gujarati

        अ फनेटिक् (फनीमिक्) ऍल्फबेट् इझ् धी ओन्ली काम्पटन्ट् ऍल्फबेट् इन् ध वर्ल्ड्. इट् कन् स्पेल् अन्ड् करेक्टली प्रनॅउन्स् एनी वर्ड् इन् आर् लॅन्ग्विज्. -मार्क् ट्वेइन्....Hindi