Delta Publishing Catalogue

The Book of Pronunciation

Proposals for a practical pedagogy

Authors: Jonathan Marks, Tim Bowen

ISBN: 9781905085705

Series:Delta Teacher Development Series

The Book of Pronunciation is a definitive account of the key role pronunciation plays in teaching and learning, providing a highly authoritative but hugely accessible overview of the essential elements of English pronunciation as well as a wide range of classroom practice.

The Book of Pronunciation is accompanied by a CD, which provides models for the teacher and practice for the learners.

This book is the definitive resource for language teachers:

  • looking for ways to incorporate pronunciation into their teaching
  • wishing to expand their range of pronunciation activities
  • wanting their learners to use language confidently and intelligibly

The Book of Pronunciation contains three distinctive parts which focus in turn on theory, practice and development:

Part A answers frequently asked questions, reassures teachers on why, when and how teaching pronunciation can be both necessary and beneficial, and gives a comprehensive account of all the elements a successful teacher should know. The CD illustrates the explanations.

Part B provides classroom practice through a range of activities spread over six chapters, introducing pronunciation and covering Sounds, Symbols and Spelling, Stress and Connected Speech, Rhythm and Intonation. The CD enhances the procedures.

Part C offers more to the teacher who wants more – in the form of quizzes and questionnaires, tasks and checklists – and fascinating further knowledge. For the teacher who wants to go further, The Book of Pronunciation offers the opportunity.

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2Sample Unit.pdf108.83
3Introduction B.pdf58.4

Jonathan Marks

Jonathan Marks is a teacher trainer, author and translator based in Poland. He previously worked in the UK, Germany and Sweden. He has contributed to and written books for teachers, coursebooks, dictionaries and supplementary materials.

Tim Bowen

I am originally Welsh but grew up in the West Midlands.  I have a connection with Leeds, having studied Russian (with Czech) at Leeds University. This course of study took me via a rather circuitous route into language teaching. While studying for an MA in Czech literature in what was then Czechoslovakia, I soon realised that my far-from-generous local grant was sufficient only for a very basic existence. When offered the chance to supplement it with teaching a class of twenty or so adults at the local state-run language school, I jumped at the chance, without fully realising what I was letting myself in for.

Later I decided to get properly qualified and embarked on a PGCE in TEFL at UCNW in Bangor. Part of the course involved teaching practice at a secondary school in Madrid, an experience which I can only describe as challenging. It did, however, introduce me to some of the idiosyncrasies of Spanish pronunciation and did much to convince me that working on pronunciation would be a valuable component of language teaching. This conviction was largely based on the fact that it was only with some considerable effort that I could understand what my students were saying, despite the fact that their level of English was intermediate and above.

Armed with a shiny PGCE, I went off to work for the British Council in what was then Yugoslavia, eventually spending five years there and developing an interest in contrastive linguistics which exists to this day.

Working at International House Hastings in the 1980s further cemented my interest in pronunciation and provided me with numerous opportunities to try out activities on students from around the world and to share ideas with a bunch of like-minded individuals whose taste for experimentation in language teaching appeared to know no bounds.

I have vague memories of the pub conversations with Jonathan Marks when the idea of a book was first mooted (possibly due to the need to consume Harvey’s bitter as a catalyst to the generation of ideas). I doubt we intended to start off with a book on pronunciation but that is what we did and I regard it now as a very good move.

I am now a free-lance teacher trainer, author and translator, still working with Slavonic languages and living by the sea in deepest Sussex.