Thoughts on ELT, English and whatever else comes into my head
Mispronouncers, I denounce you!
Especially if you’re teachers of English, going into class, irony of ironies, teaching pronounciation. Not only should you renounce your teaching certificate, you should possibly be held in the stocks for a few hours and publicly trounced. I, for one, wouldn’t have an ounce of sympathy for you.
I’ve recently been in some examiner training courses where teaching professionals who are training to sit in judgement on Non Native Speakers’ English can’t even get it right.
I corrected both culprits. I know I didn’t win myself any friends there but I’m considering myself a martyr to the cause. I was tense all afternoon in case another incident occurred.
Usually there’s nothing I like more than being right. It’s quite likely why I ended up teaching (and not solely because I had no idea what to do with a degree in Philosophy and I wanted to travel) and it’s certainly why at Junior School I was already correcting the grammar of other parents as they were chatting to my mum at the gates.
But the pleasure even of this is sullied by the suspicion that these people are so convinced they’re right, that they won’t even have the good grace to stop once informed. Someone, once tried to tell me “but it’s like enounciation”.
Well…that’s true, but only insofar as they’re both WRONG.
So, if you are likely to encounter withdrawal, I’d like to announce that this text is full of words you can bounce around with abandon.
But please, leave pronunciation as our dictionaries intend it – with an unadorned ‘u’ at its centre, no extra frills or flounces required. It’s perfect as it is.