Testimonials from training courses

We launched our Teaching Pronunciation Differently MOOC (massive open online course) in 2015. Here are testimonials from sessions held in 2018 and 2020.

Testimonials from users of the PronSci materials

My PronSci charts have changed the way I teach. They're a fantastic way to get students to work on pronunciation without using the "listen and repeat" approach. (Students are always amazed to see that words they thought they'd been saying right for years were in fact pronounced differently.) But they're also great for word order and grammar. 

Caren Lumley

France

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I've been using the PronSci charts in my teaching for over 4 years now and they have been a real eye-opener for me. As a non-native English speaker, they have definitely given me a deeper and clearer understanding of how English works.

 

What I probably like the most about Silent Way and about working with the charts is how the learners gradually start changing their perception of language learning. They realize it has nothing to do with memorizing, drilling and useless fill-in-the-gaps exercises, but everything to do with retention and working our way towards using the language for expressing ourselves.

Nicoleta Surdu

Cursevo, Bucharest, Romania

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I've been using the Silent Way colour charts (Rectangle chart and Word charts plus the Spelling chart) for more than 5 years and they have been a great investment.

 

The full-size charts really intrigue those who see them for the first time and are a great way to engage the learners and get them up and involved in the discovery process of learning about pronunciation.  Support from the charts is a physical way to engage students and increase their awareness of the stress and reduction system in English.

 

Because 'everything is there' on the wall, students feel safe and know what they have at their disposal to make any word or sentence or utterance they wish.  Control is or can be passed over to them to let their imagination and curiosity run wild.

 

I work primarily with engineers from 25 to 55 in the software and software consulting business.

David Tremayne-Smith

France

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I'm again teaching your "Non-Imitative Ways" and it is fantastic, both in the ways it addresses language teachers and prospective language teachers, and in its economical and accessible presentation of complicated contents.

Stephen DeGiulio, Ph.D.
Prof. Teacher Education/TESOL/Linguistics

Santa Fe Community College, USA

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The PronSci charts bring learning English back down to earth, de-intellectualising it. Students can for once "see" pronunciation.

 

Now, phonetics and phonology can be efficiently done with everyone, even with people who have never heard of or never been able to make sense of IPA transcriptions. This is phonetics for the people!

 

I feel I have become an expert in pronunciation over the 7 years I have been using these charts. The students discover various phenomena of the language and experiment with it, just like when they learnt to talk as babies. The teacher is no longer the all-knowing person who doles out knowledge and answers.

 

The charts are great for beginners and for advanced students, for school kids and adults, and those with a university background or those without.

James Coady

Centre de Linguistique Appliquée

Université de Franche-Comté, France