The British Council sponsored the live-streaming of the IATEFL Pronunciation SIG - NATECLA London conference 'Accentuate: bringing pronunciation to the fore'. Here we have the session given by Adrian Underhill.

Adrian Underhill - trailer

Video 1 - Proprioception in learning new sounds, words and connected speech

Video 1 - Proprioception in learning new sounds, words and connected speech

Video 2 - What is proprioception?

Video 2 - What is proprioception?

Video 3 - Proprioception activities for vowels - Part 1

Video 3 - Proprioception activities for vowels - Part 1

Video 4 - Proprioception activities for vowels - Part 2

Video 4 - Proprioception activities for vowels - Part 2

Video 5 - Proprioception activities for diphthongs and consonants

Video 5 - Proprioception activities for diphthongs and consonants

Video 6 - Using sounds from one position to discover others

Video 6 - Using sounds from one position to discover others

Video 7 - Word choreography and summary

Video 7 - Word choreography and summary

Question 1

Question 1

Pronunciation and speaking are physical activities. Proprioception is the internal awareness of the position of parts of the body and the effort employed in a movement. Adrian Underhill looks at how to use proprioception as a guiding principle in language learning, how to enable learners to connect with the muscles that make new sounds, and how to use ‘easy’ sounds to find ‘difficult’ ones.

Please find the full programme of the rest of the day's events below. Recordings of most of these sessions are available:

10:15 - 11:15 Dealing  with accents

David Crystal & Ben Crystal. Watch the recording.

11.30 – 12.30 Doing things with sounds. Practical pronunciation activities for your classroom

Mark Hancock. Watch the recording.

13.30 – 14.15 The Silent Way approach to teaching pronunciation, illustrated using French

Roslyn Young.

14.30 – 15.15 What to teach before you teach sounds

Piers Messum. Watch the recording.

15.20 – 16.20 Proprioception in learning new sounds, words and connected speech

Adrian Underhill.

Find out about other relevant content and information which formed part of our 'Focus on pronunciation month'.

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