Welcome to Pronunciation Club!

Hi!  Pronunciation Club is here to help you learn correct English pronunciation in a fun and easy way. It does not matter where you are from or where you want to visit or live.  Anyone can learn to pronounce English correctly…if you are taught correctly. Same Language, Different Country There are many English speaking countries all over the world and …

The Alphabet Franca

By  Marianne Jordan There are about 46 different alphabets in use today and about 7,000 languages, excluding dialects. Hence, there was a great need for a common language for international communication. A common language is known as a lingua franca. The Lingua Franca The English language has become the international lingua franca. It started with the spread of English during …

A Fun and Easy Way to Teach the IPA, IATEFL, Glasgow, 2017

Marianne Jordan I presented a Poster Presentation at the IATEFL Conference in Birmingham last year. Many of the teachers who attended this suggested doing a workshop this year as they wanted to learn more. My Poster Presentation was on a new Pronunciation Course for students to help them learn the IPA. The IPA is the International Phonetic Alphabet. Current Problems …

7 Reasons Why You Should Start Teaching the Phonetic Alphabet Immediately!

7 Reasons Why You Should Start Teaching the Phonetic Alphabet Immediately! 1 International Recognition The ‘International Phonetic Alphabet’ provides an internationally recognised standard. It is a writing system for sounds. It consists of written phonetic symbols for every sound of every language. Think of it as a common writing system for all other writing systems.  All writing systems can use …

"Phonetics Builder" – An Easy Way to Learn and Teach the IPA

Adrian Underhill’s Phonemic Chart was an amazing revelation for me! Using the IPA is the best way to learn and teach the sounds of English. My name is Marianne. I have lived in many English-speaking countries. For half my life people pronounced my name as Mary Ann. Mary Ann is a nice name but it is not my name! Phonemic …

TEFL Qualifications

There are many TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) qualifications available today. The prices vary from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. The length of the courses range from a 50 hour basic TEFL certificate to a three year degree. You can then do another one year full time MA Post Graduate Diploma. Which one you choose …

Highlights of the IATEFL Conference Birmingham 2016

The IATEFL Conference in Birmingham April 2016 was my first IATEFL conference and it will not be my last. It surpassed all my expectations. Some things that stood out about the conference were: The venue, facilities, location, accommodation, speakers and exhibitors. The biggest highlight of the event was the people. What stood out for me personally was the people. How wonderful it …

IATEFL International Annual Conference Exhibition 2016

13th-16th April 2016: ICC, Birmingham, UK We are delighted to announce that our Presentation Proposal has been accepted for this prestigious international conference. Marianne Jordan will be at our Poster Presentation on Friday 15th April, 1205 – 1215 and at lots of other times to answer any questions you may have.  There will be lots of brochures on the Poster for you …

Language Learning Starts in the Womb!

It’s confirmed!  Language learning starts in the womb!  New research shows that we start to learn our language(s) during the last three months of our mother’s pregnancy. The Research Researchers once thought that we do not start to imitate language from the age of 12 weeks when babies start to demonstrate recognition of vowel sounds.  However, that skill involves vocal control …

Am I too Old to Learn English?

Many people believe children learn languages better than adults and the older we get the harder it is to learn something new….or is it? Recent research says different! … According to research it is NOT too late to learn a language! The MAIN (physical) disadvantage adults have to learning a new language is purely physical caused by the crippling disease …