Even though pronunciation teaching is regaining its prominence in second language (L2) teaching (Levis, 2015; Thomson & Derwing, 2015), most L2 instructors continue to lack confidence in their ability to teach pronunciation in their classrooms (e.g., Couper, 2016; Foote, Holtby, & Derwing, 2011; Macdonald, 2002). Finding ways to help and, ultimately, empower teachers to include pronunciation in their classrooms is currently one of my main interests (among several other areas, of course). Instead of regurgitating some of the papers I've been working on, here is a brief overview of aspects (derived from my doctoral research) that I think teacher educators should consider incorporating into their programs:
This list is just a start.....It would be great to hear your thoughts on what else could be done to help L2 instructors make pronunciation a mainstay in their classrooms.
Acton, W. (2015). Haptic-integrated clinical pronunciation research. Available at
Braine, G. (2010). Nonnative speaker English teachers: Research, pedagogy, and professional growth. New York, NY: Routledge.
Couper, G. (2016). Teacher cognition of pronunciation teaching amongst English language teachers in Uruguay. Journal of Second Language Pronunciation, 2(1), 29-55. doi: 10.1075/jslp.2.1.02cou
Derwing, T. M., & Munro, M. J. (2015). Pronunciation fundamentals: Evidence-based perspectives for L2 teaching and research. Philadelphia, PA: John Benjamin Publishing Company.
Foote, J. A., Holtby, A. K., & Derwing, T. M. (2011). Survey of the teaching pronunciation in adult ESL programs in Canada, 2010. TESL Canada Journal, 29(1), 1-22.
Grant, L. (Ed.) (2014). Pronunciation myths: Applying second language research to classroom teaching. Ann Arbor, MI: The University of Michigan Press.
Jones, T. (Ed.). (2016). Pronunciation in the classroom: The overlooked essential. Alexandria, VI: TESOL Press.
Kang, O., Thomson, R., & Murphy, J. (Eds.). (forthcoming). The Routledge handbook of English pronunciation. New York, NY: Routledge.
Levis, J. (2015). The journal of second language pronunciation : An essential step toward a disciplinary identity. Journal of Second Language Pronunciation, 1(1), 1-10.
Macdonald, S. (2002). Pronunciation – views and practices of reluctant teachers. Prospect, 17(3), 3-18.
Morita, N. (2004). Negotiating participation and identity in second language academic communities. TESOL Quarterly, 38(4), 573-603.
Reed, M., & Levis, J. (Eds.). (2015). The handbook of English pronunciation. Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell.
Thomson, R., & Derwing, T. M. (2015). The effectiveness of L2 pronunciation instruction: A narrative review. Applied Linguistics, 36(3), 326-344.
I am a Senior Lecturer in TESOL at the University of Wollongong in Australia. This blog is a reflection of my journey as a researcher, L2 teacher educator, and language teacher.