Pronunciation skills with Adrian Underhill
We’ve brought together a series of videos and articles starring and authored by our ELT pronunciation expert Adrian Underhill and partnered them up with some tips and activities to help you, the teacher, get to grips with pronunciation and try your new-found skills in the classroom.
Videos and articles
ELT Pronunciation expert Adrian Underhill introduces us to the phonemic chart and why it’s important to familiarize ourselves with sounds when teaching or learning a language.
In these two videos, Adrian Underhill explains the physicality of pronunciation and the use of ‘muscle buttons’ to help us vocalize sounds such as vowels /i:/ and /u:/.
Which accent should I teach with? This is a common question that Adrian Underhill answers in the video below as well as tackling the subject of the L1 grip and how to escape it!
ELT Pronunciation expert Adrian Underhill addresses your practical concerns on accents, RP and student identity.
ELT Pronunciation expert Adrian Underhill looks at the emergence of the ‘L1 grip’ and how best to tackle it.
In his latest article, ELT pronunciation expert Adrian Underhill looks at the ways in which pronunciation can be integrated into your day-to-day classroom work
In his latest article, ELT pronunciation expert Adrian Underhill looks at why we need to use the phonemic chart in our classrooms.
In his latest article, ELT pronunciation expert Adrian Underhill looks at monophthongs and how mime, gesture and inner imaging can benefit both your teaching and your students’ learning.
In his latest article, ELT pronunciation expert Adrian Underhill looks at diphthongs and how sliding and putting sounds together can benefit both your teaching and your students’ learning.
In his latest article, ELT pronunciation expert Adrian Underhill looks at consonants and how consciously rediscoving the ON and OFF voice buttons can benefit both your teaching and your students’ learning.
In this video, Adrian looks at the minimal pairand and /?/ and /ð/ and shows us how to make each sound in a simple and effective way while giving advice on how to gain control of the physicality needed to produce each sound.
In this video, Adrian provides a handy overview of the monophthong sounds and provides a brief guided tour of the consonant sounds, showing how each sound relates to its neighbour on the chart and how it is produced in the mouth.
Which sound do you make when you’re having a massage? And what is the noise of having a whole orange in your mouth? In this video, Adrian answers these unusual questions and uses mime to help demonstrate the physicality of each sound.
How can you teach pronunciation without using any sounds? In this video, Adrian helps show us by using mime to introduce us to some ‘off the map’ sounds and demonstrates us how we can identify sounds in relations to their neighbours on the phonetic chart.
Did you know that there is not one but two idiot sounds in the phonetic chart? In this video, pronunciation expert Adrian Underhill looks at the visibility and the physicality of these sounds, helping learners with the long vowel sound /??/ and the most famous of all the phonemes, the schwa /?/
In the last article in this series, ELT pronunciation expert Adrian Underhill looks at how to overcome common pronunciation problems.