Teaching Pronunciation for Indigenous Languages

Colleen Fitzgerald and Ewa Czaykowska-Higgins

This workshop focuses on what you need to know in order to learn to pronounce words/sentences and to teach others pronunciation. Possible topics include: what teachers and learners need to know about how sounds are made; different types of knowledge (phonetic and phonological) about sounds and sound systems and how these affect pronunciation; the value of acoustic analysis for learning and teaching pronunciation; how to adapt for use in a language teaching classroom a grammatical description or pronunciation guide written for linguists; the relationship between writing systems, descriptions, and transcriptions of sounds; using verbal arts as tools for teaching pronunciation; and the use or development of language resources on sounds and sound systems.  The workshop is geared towards speech community members or linguists who are thinking about how to learn and teach pronunciation in community contexts.