‘Pron-tech collaboration: the role of technology in the pronunciation classroom’, PronSIG Pre-Conference Event (PCE) at IATEFL Online 2021, the 54th International Virtual Conference & Exhibition

Date: 12th June 2021

Welcome to the IATEFL PronSIG Pre-Conference Event (PCE)!

Technology has the potential to be a great ally in our lessons, so how can we optimise its use when teaching pronunciation, and avoid possible pitfalls?

With easier access to mobile devices, the internet and a range of apps, learners (and teachers alike) may find it rather challenging to make wise choices when they want to study English, and more specifically, when they need to improve their pronunciation. With such a wide range, how can we choose what is aligned with learners’ needs and help them achieve their objectives more effectively?

Moreover, when selecting tech resources to be used in our lessons, how do we make sure they are actually going to add value to the learning experience? How can we ensure the use is pedagogically sound, and not mere entertainment?

Throughout the day in our Pre-Conference Event (PCE), participants will be invited to look into ways in which they can make the most of what is available in terms of tech resources – including podcasts, apps, and online tools to name a few – and critically analyse their relevance and applicability to help improve learners’ pronunciation in English.

Participants will be invited to share their experiences within their own unique teaching contexts, to help develop this into a productive learning experience for all.

Have your own device on hand as you join us for our PCE! Let’s discuss ideas and share good practices with colleagues from across the globe!

The tickets for the PronSIG Pre-Conference Event are available via the IATEFL website. Click the yellow button below to go to the registration page:

Tickets: IATEFL member: £57, Non member: £70

You are required to register for this event. On registration, the programme and links to the Zoom room will be sent to you via email. Please check your inbox and any junk mail boxes for this registration confirmation email.

PCE Programme:
The PronSIG Pre-Conference Event (PCE) will take place on Zoom and to view the programme, please click below. Please note sessions may be subject to change:

Workshop 1
Seeing is believing: Interpreting Praat’s visual data in our classroom – Viktor Carrasquero

Workshop 2
Using technology to fill the pronunciation gap – Gemma Archer

Workshop 3
Teaching pronunciation with podcasts: opportunities for perception and production practice – Jonás Fouz-González

Round table discussion by Shannon McCrocklin, John Levis and Ron Thomson – Innovative pronunciation technologies: practicality and potential?