Self-study and classroom use. Book with 5 Audio CDs and CD-Rom.
The best-selling English Pronunciation in Use is a comprehensive reference and practice book suitable for self-study or classroom work. Fifty easy-to-use units cover all aspects of pronunciation, including individual sounds, word stress, connected speech and intonation. Each unit is supported by audio material in a range of accents, available on audio CD. An additional reference section offers a glossary of specialized terms, help with the pronunciation of numbers and geographical names and fun exercises on phonemic symbols and minimal pairs. The CD-ROM provides a wide variety of additional interactive activities to reinforce the pronunciation covered in the book, as well as tests, progress checks, games and animated diagrams of the mouth showing learners how to produce individual sounds. Students can also record themselves and compare their pronunciation with one of the many models provided.
"I am responsible for two modules on the Durham MA in TESOL / Applied Language Studies (ELT Management and Teaching Young Learners) and I also co-teach the module on English for Specific Purposes; in addition, I teach a module in Editorial Techniques and co-teach an undergraduate module, which is an introduction to ELT; beyond this I collaborate with colleagues within the university, as required, for example in the Translation Studies department or the Careers Service. I also write and teach courses for the in-sessional programme, helping students with academic writing and their awareness of academic culture, for example. I often give presentations or run workshops at conferences, for example at the IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language) conferences in 2011 and 2012 (focusing on the use of praise in the language classroom and on political aspects of English teaching) and at the recent BALEAP (British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes) conference in Durham (focusing on dissertation supervision). In 2002 I gave one of the two keynote speeches in Berne, Switzerland at the IATEFL BESIG (Business English Special Interest Group), focusing on customer care through effective needs analysis.
In the past, over the last ten years or so, I worked on MA programmes (at Durham and elsewhere) as a visiting speaker, marker and dissertation supervisor. Before that I taught English in many different teaching contexts - in Europe (UK, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Greece), North Africa (Morocco), the Middle East (Oman), SE Asia (Singapore), S Asia (Sri Lanka) and the Far East (Japan) - mostly working for International House, the British Council (transferring from country to country) and the Japanese company, Sumitomo Metals. I am a language learner and user myself (of French, German and Japanese, and to a lesser extent other languages) and have also studied on a degree-level programme in German, so can relate to Durham University students' situation from an international students' perspective. As well as teaching (English for Academic Purposes, Business English, English for Specific Purposes, general English, young learners and exam teaching) and translating (from French and German), I have had various positions of responsibility. My work has involved materials design and writing, as well as customer care and management (both operational and strategic). I have given many seminars (in-house or at conferences) and offered ongoing teacher support or teacher training to teachers at different levels. When I was working in companies, I taught many courses which involved developing discussion and writing skills, and cross-cultural awareness. I continue to enjoy developing my own awareness of intercultural challenges and optimal materials design, as well as pedagogy and management, when working with students at Durham."
(c) Durham University
"I was born and brought up in Leeds, which is about 60 miles from the sea, but I've lived for most of my grown-up life in coastal places – Hastings in England, Nynäshamn in Sweden, and first Gdańsk and now Łeba in Poland. I've also lived in the north and the south of Germany. I always wanted to be a teacher, but my ambitions to be a primary teacher in Britain failed the reality test. Fortunately I found out that there was something called teaching English as a foreign language to adults, and during a summer spent teaching in England, I met some other teachers who told me about a four-week teacher-training course that you could do and where you learned, for example, to hold up an empty coffee jar to illustrate the meaning of 'There isn't any coffee left'. Well, needless to say, I signed up for it as soon as I could. It was the distant ancestor of what's now known as the Celta course, and the month when I did it was the last month before the course fee went up from £90 to £110. That was certainly the best investment I've ever made, and I've never looked back since. During the 1980s, International House Hastings provided me with exceptional opportunities for development as a teacher and teacher-trainer. That period also marked the beginning of my association with IATEFL, which has always been, and still is, important to me as an environment for keeping in touch with the wider world of ELT. Eventually, though, we were galvanised into action by two specific publishing projects, which led to two books for teachers, 'The Pronunciation Book' and 'Inside Teaching', the former being the ancestor of our pronunciation book for Delta Publishing. A bit later, in Germany, I was part of a team of people who wrote a coursebook for German-speaking learners, called 'Bridges'. More recently, I wrote 'English Pronunciation in Use – Elementary' (CUP 2007), which I suppose is a product of two long-standing interests: teaching pronunciation and teaching low levels. I've also been involved in various capacities in three Polish-English dictionary projects and written various supplementary materials, stuff for the onestopenglish website and so on."
(c) delta publishing