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2018 Theme: Best Practices in Teaching Speaking and Pronunciation

Despite its clear connection to both listening and speaking, pronunciation is often overlooked in the ESL classroom and in ESL programs more generally. Teachersfirst-year instructors and seasoned veterans alikeoften shy away from teaching pronunciation due to a lack of training or to the misguided belief that it is an endeavor largely wasted on adult learners. However, oral fluency and intelligibility remain high on both the lists of ESL programs’ learning objectives and students’ needs. Come, learn, and become a leader in the pronunciation revival!

While this year’s Learning Symposium will skew toward an emphasis in pronunciation, quality proposals targeting best practices for teaching speaking more generally will also be accepted.