The power of pronunciation in Business English

Oxford University Press

Business English pronunciation ESLELT teacher, teacher trainer and course book author, John Hughes, shares some classroom ideas for teaching pronunciation in your business English classes ahead of his webinar on 19th February. Register now.

Is there any essential difference between teaching pronunciation in business English and teaching pronunciation on a general English course? In many ways the answer is ‘no’. After all, in any type of ELT classroom we need to work on pronunciation in two ways: firstly, to help students with receptive pronunciation; in other words, to help them recognise features of pronunciation which affect their ability to listen and understand. And secondly, to help students improve their productive or spoken pronunciation; this doesn’t mean that they need to sound like a native speaker but that they are intelligible to a wide range of other people when communicating in English.

However, when we teach pronunciation in business English I do…

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How to Remember Things for Exams

Interesting Literature

Struggle to remember names, dates, or book titles? Here are a few handy hints for remembering more of what you read

This post is titled ‘How to Remember Things for Exams’ but it could also be known simply as ‘How to Remember Things’. Want to know to create your own Mind Palace or Memory Palace, like Sherlock? This post will go some way towards showing you how. The following memory tips can be used very effectively to remember information for exams – and although our examples will specifically be drawn from English Literature, these tips can just as easily be utilised for other subjects. These memory techniques can also come in handy for remembering other things: speeches, lectures, presentations, or facts for the local pub quiz.

The link method

Of the three basic memory techniques we’re going to outline in this post, this is probably the simplest to master. As…

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What Your Editor’s Notes Really Mean

101 Books

If you’ve ever worked with an editor, you know that receiving a colorful track-changes-filled document back isn’t uncommon.

Some editors are straight to the point. Others can be a little too friendly and encouraging when tough love might work better.

In both cases, editors have their own little language with accompanying symbols. So it helps if you can interpret what they’re ACTUALLY saying and read between the lines. Having been brutally edited more times than I’d like to admit, I’m well-versed in editor speak.

So here’s my little guide to interpret what your editor actually means:

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