About

The Pronunciation SIG (PronSIG) is an IATEFL interest group for teachers especially interested in pronunciation and its relationship with other language skills, particularly listening. PronSIG encourages and promotes best practice in pronunciation teaching across a range of contexts, from young learners to professional and academic English.

PronSIG members at the SIG's PCE, Harrogate 2014

 

The Committee

PronSIG is what it is because of the members' contributions.The members of the committee below, in charge of organising the PronSIG experience, are grateful to receive suggestions, ideas and help on any of its activities.

 

PronSIG Coordinator: Wayne Rimmer - email me at PronSIG@iatefl.org:

Wayne Rimmer
For me this year marks two decades of being in IATEFL and PronSIG. As a new teacher in an under-resourced country, membership was first a lifeline and then, as I got more confident in my craft, an opportunity to contribute. I've always thought that the SIGs are the strength of IATEFL and that PronSIG is a very special SIG because of its sense of community. On a personal level, I'm still active in teaching but I'm spending an increasing amount of time materials writing, including of course pronunciation resources. I'm really combining business and pleasure these days!

Other committee members:

 

Piers Messum - treasurer
I'm a freelance teacher, teacher trainer and developer of materials, which I publish through Pronunciation Science. I live in Brighton and have worked in Japan and France. My greatest influence has been Caleb Gattegno, the developer of the Silent Way. My colleague Roslyn Young and I wrote a book about his ideas and continue to develop them for language teaching. Please visit my homepage.

 

Alex Selman - Webmaster and Electronic Resources
I'm a teacher and syllabus designer based in Yokohama, Japan. I've worked in Spain, Taiwan and Mexico.
 
Laura Patsko - Speak Out Editor
I'm an ELT research manager for a major publisher (formerly a teacher and teacher trainer) and am based in the UK.  I also participate in seminars and conferences across Europe and write for journals and blogs worldwide.  I'm particularly interested in researching different pronunciation models and goals for the classroom, and in developing teachers' knowledge of pronunciation instruction.
 
Louise Guyett - Facebook Coordinator
I'm a teacher and materials writer, for both print and digital, for Kaplan International English. I completed the Trinity Diploma in TESOL in May 2013 and it's thanks to that I became hooked on teaching pronunciation. I'm also the Facebook page administrator for PronSIG, so please feel free to get in touch if you have a query or suggestion: loueltblog@gmail.com
Catarina Pontes
Catarina Pontes has a degree in Languages – Translation-Interpreting (Portuguese/ English) from Unibero, and a specialization (lato-sensu) in Translation from USP (Universidade de São Paulo). She holds the following teaching qualifications: CEELT II, ICELT and the DELTA from the University of Cambridge, and the Anaheim TESOL from the Anaheim University. She is a teacher trainer and course designer at Cultura Inglesa São Paulo, being responsible for the pre-service teacher training course and for an in-service yearly training initiative (the Cultura Inglesa São Paulo Teachers’ Colloquium), and she is also responsible for the administration of the ICELT at this center. Catarina is an ICELT tutor, and a Cambridge English Assessment Speaking Examiner and Team Leader. She has published articles in ELT publications (such as the Braz-TESOL and Speak Out! newsletters), a joint article in Language Learning Beyond the Classroom (Nunan, D. & Richards, J. (2014) Routledge), and has presented in ELT Conferences such as IATEFL, Braz-TESOL, TESOL France, NATECLA, ABCI and LABCI.
Gemma Archer
I’m a teacher and co-ordinator of Academic English and pronunciation electives at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. I’m currently researching and testing pronunciation models in regional classroom settings at the University of Glasgow, drawing significantly upon the values of the English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) movement. My main areas of interest are: phonological teacher training, regional forms and standards of English, Scottish Standard English, and Pronunciation for academia.
Tatiana Skopintseva
I am Chair of the Humanities and Languages Department at New Economic School in Moscow (www.nes.ru). Throughout my academic career I have taught English phonetics and pronunciation for TEFL undergraduates and graduates, ESAP students of other majors (economists, lawyers, political analysts), and given training workshops and seminars for in-service teachers. I have authored and co-authored articles, textbooks and conference publications devoted to English phonetics, dialectology and sociolinguistics. My research interest in sociolinguistics and dialectology brought me to turning the teaching focus to ELF/EIL approach, which has become the emphasis in my current views and teaching practices. I have accounted for my best practices of teaching English pronunciation to Russian learners at IATEFL conferences and PronSig events.

Professional interests: phonetics and phonology, sociolinguistics, and dialectology; ELF, EMI; language policy.

Teaching specialization: diction, enunciation, fluency, accent, pronunciation for public speaking, oral presentation skills.

We are also pleased to have the following 'members at large' associated with the PronSIG: Jonathan Marks, Jane Setter and Robin Walker.