Jennifer A. Foote, Dr.
Dr. Jennifer A. Foote is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada. She researches second language pronunciation and is especially interested in discovering ways to help learners improve their pronunciation in a manner that will lead to more intelligible speech. As well as publishing research in academic journals and presenting at research-based conferences, she is passionate about connecting research to practice and helping generate knowledge that has practical classroom applications for teachers.
Pronunciation instruction: Best practices and new innovations (CW04) Certified Workshop
Pronunciation has historically been considered the “Cinderella” of language instruction, avoided by language teachers and ignored by researchers (Celce-Murcia, Brinton & Goodwin, 1996, p. 323). However, in the past several years there has been a resurgence of interest in pronunciation. This workshop will offer an overview of the most current pedagogical advances in pronunciation teaching. It will draw on findings from both the presenter and other prominent pronunciation researchers to offer practical classroom tips and advice for instructors of learners from a range of proficiency levels. The workshop will include hands-on components, allowing participants to try diagnosing learner errors and practicing pronunciation training methods. Suggestions and techniques will be provided both for in-class activities and for out-of-class activities that instructors can offer to students who need extra help outside of class. Participants will walk away with easy-to-use, research-based ideas which can be implemented in a variety of classroom settings.