I’d like to think of myself as a bit of a phonetics freak. I’m proud to admit that I can write phonetics fluently. That’s right, any word, on the board, before you students even have a chance to check their What’sApp. I once had a student who didn’t beleive me and I used to let her check wordreference every time I wrote a word in phonetics, just so that I could rub it in her face (she caught me out a few times).

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On a professional note though, phonetics can greatly improve your students pronunciation. Not only because some students need to be able to see the difference between the written form and spoken form, but also because they start to realise how much work they have to do when pronouncing words. I try to use phonetics in every class. It’s more of a case of a little every class, rather than a whoel class on pronunciation. Here are a few blogs I’ve written on the subject, plus some very popular posts on using phonetics with songs. Enjoy!

Best ESL pronunciation websites

Top ESL resources for Phonetics

9 reasons to teach phonetics in class

How to teach phonemic script to your students

Top ESL phonetic activities


Thinking out loud, Ed Sheeran

Sing, Ed Sheeran

Summer, Calvin Harris

A Sky Full of Stars, Coldplay

Happy, Pharrell Williams

Black or White, Michael Jackson

Best Song Ever, One Direction

Let Her Go, Passenger

Counting Stars, One Republic

More to come…