Mind, Brain and Pronunciation: How thoughts, emotions, and experiences affect L2 English pronunciation
(2nd October 2021), PronSIG Online Conference

How can English language teachers make use of the potential of the brain/mind to support their students’ receptive and productive pronunciation skills?

From the moment we are born our brains are constantly at work, categorising the sounds of our mother tongues and enabling us to remember and produce language utterances. When it comes to the use and pronunciation of an additional language, the brain’s capacity to store, retrieve, and use new sounds is fascinating and complex. However, this is not always taken into consideration in the practice of everyday teaching of English. What role do variables such as experience, emotion, confidence, mindfulness, cognition, processing, or memory have on pronunciation?

PronSIG’s 2021 online conference hopes to explore these questions, providing participants with a deeper understanding of how the brain/mind can influence and improve English pronunciation teaching and learning.


PronSIG invites proposals for presentations (20+10 minutes for Q&A), posters (5+3 minutes for Q&A) and workshops (35+10 minutes for Q&A) on the following topics:

  • anxiety and fear of speaking/ producing an L2,
  • neuroscience and pronunciation,
  • memory and pronunciation,
  • teaching practices or techniques to support anxious students,
  • creating mindful pronunciation classroom activities,
  • the brain/mind and the processes of learning an L2 (perception/ production),
  • any other relevant theme related to pronunciation teaching/ learning and the brain/mind.

Please click the button below to complete the form in accordance with the instructions for submissions by 18th July 2021.

The PronSIG committee will be in touch regarding the outcome of your proposed session in late July 2021.