How to Teach English Pronunciation

 What’s English Pronunciation?

English Pronunciation is a way in which a word or language is spoken. Good English pronunciation is an essential part of good communication. If you don’t have a clear English pronunciation, other people may not understand what you’re saying. Mistakes in pronunciation can cause major misunderstandings.

What are Phonemes?

Phonemes are the different sounds within a language. The set of Phonemes are divided in two categories: Vowel Sounds and Consonant Sounds. Vowel Combinations are called Diphthongs

All 43 Sounds in English together can be easilty represented in a chart, that chart is called The International Phonetic Alphabet which is an alphabetic system of phonetic notation.

Additional to The British Council  Interactive Phonemic Chart, you can download a poster of each symbol found in it.

The posters are in Portable Document Format (pdf), each poster come with examples.

Phonemic Symbols Posters Download


The following sections are made of posts about how to pronounce vowel, consonant and diphthong sounds correctly. Each post has between 2 or 3 videos to make learning phonetics easier.

English Pronunciation - Vowel Sounds
English Pronunciation - Diphthong Sounds
English Pronunciation - Consonants

English Pronunciation Books

Some resources that you can along with these videos are: The British Council Interactive Phonemic Chart, The Cambridge Online Dictionary and The English Pronunciation in Use Book Series which consist of three great books:

  1. English Pronunciation in Use Elementary
  2. English pronunciatio in Use Intermediate
  3. English Pronunciation in Use Advanced