ELT Pronunciation expert Adrian Underhill introduces us to the phonemic chart and why it’s important to familiarize ourselves with sounds when teaching or. Adrian Underhill’s Interactive phonemic chart! This excellent teaching tool can be played full-screen and gives clear audio examples of the English phoneme set. Adrian Underhill’s Interactive Phonemic Chart is the perfect classroom pronunciation tool, and Sounds, a brand-new app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, helps.

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I just want to share some of what I took from the workshop: Making pronunciation physical, visible, audible! This approach to pronunciation is an approach of awareness, helping learners and teachers to understand how the sounds are made physically and how aspects of that physicality distinguishes one sound from another.

Pronunciation is the physical aspect of language. If we see grammar and vocabulary as being a 2-dimensional matrix, pronunciation provides the 3rd dimension giving language body and volume. Language learners may know how a word should sound, they may hear it adria in their head, perhaps even in their own inner voice.

We learn how to speak at a very young age, just as we learn to walk or pick things up, and these physical actions became automatised. Using the phonemic chart, as Adrian suggests, we can help learners to reconnect with the muscles used for the physical actions of producing sounds, and by doing so underhilk them to better engage these muscles to manipulate the sounds.

The chart serves as a map of where to find the sounds in the mouth. For instance, if we look at the consonants in the bottom half of the chart, the sounds on the left are made nearer the front of the mouth than the sounds on the right. Read the sounds from left to right while paying attention to how you physically produce the sounds and how that changes as you move from left to right.


Similarly, with the vowels in the top left quarter, the higher they are in the chart, the higher the tongue is when you say the sound. By using the chart, and by moving between sounds on it, we can help learners become aware how the muscles are used in different ways to make different sounds and help them locate what Adrian describes as the muscle buttons: Underhilk, rather than simply trying to imitate what they hear afrian the muscles in the same way as they do to speak their first language, language learners are in a better position to be able to change how they physically produce sounds.

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uhderhill This is something that can be introduced to learners on the first day — not to teach them the phonetic symbols but to help them to reconnect with the muscle buttons they need to be able to manipulate in order to make the sounds.

You need them all now. If you ever get the chance to see Adrian present live, go! Onestopenglish has an interactive phonemic chart. Filed under Reviews Tagged with adrian underhillcpdeltphonemic chartpronunciation.

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Many thanks for that link, Mura. Seems to be a bit of a zeitgeisty thing happening around pronunciation at the moment, which is great.

Too often overlooked, and seen as just the icing on the cake. Brilliantly simple it is! And, it IS good that there is more happening around pronunciation. Many thanks for your comment and for sharing the post. I hope it asrian be useful. That might be another useful resource for people grappling with phonetics. I really enjoy pronunciation work too. Hopefully having a better understanding of the chart will make that work more effective. They phonmic used all the time.


The phoneticsfocus is great for the fun element it brings to repetition. Using the phonemic chart- or not?

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