In the third episode of ELTtime, we speak to Nicola Meldrum to dispel the myth that non-native speakers can’t teach pronunciation. Expect discussions about the validity of all teachers and accents, some useful tips for teaching pronunciation, and some practical advice to take back to your classroom.
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Nicola Meldrum has been involved in ELT since 1999. She is Scottish and lives in Barcelona, Spain and is a teacher trainer and writer. Her main areas of interest are teacher development and pronunciation and she is currently involved in running a Trinity Dip TESOL course as well as writing a blog on pronunciation. She also wrote a chapter on ELT methodology for an upcoming Garnet publication on 21st century skills in the ELT classroom.
0:20 – Intro
0:46 – Nicola’s background in ELT
2:57 – Diverse nationalities of students and teachers Nicola works with in Barcelona
4:50 – Programme of pronunciation training Nicola offers
7:55 – Bridging the gap between accessibility for the student and clear pronunciation
9:20 – Being intelligible vs. being effective
11:47 – Assessing effective pronunciation
14:32 – Correcting pronunciation
16:51 – Tips for non-native teachers
18:55 – Common pronunciation issues in Middle Eastern students
21:14 – Practical classroom advice
25:53 – Outro
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