Course Description

Learning the sounds of any second language can be difficult, particularly for adults. The reason is that our brains get trained in childhood to categorise language sounds in a certain way, according to the phonological rules of our first language(s).

This course will introduce you to how to teach English sounds. I’ll explain to you the four stages learners must go through, in order to learn the sounds of a new language: Perceive, Understand, Produce, Automate.

Before starting this course, we highly recommend you complete the course ‘Getting started with English Pronunciation’ and also that you become familiar with the English phonemic alphabet, as we will use phonemic symbols in this course.


Course Author

Managing Director & Course Author Joanna Smith

Joanna is a passionate linguist. After completing her Masters in linguistics, she taught languages and trained language teachers for over a decade. She also spent time researching best practice with a specialty in pronunciation teaching. For a handful of recent years, she worked in the corporate arena as a Learning and Development manager, where she designed, delivered and managed training programs in both face to face and online modes for staff globally. Since 2016, Joanna has combined her language and business expertise by developing the brand Language Fuel.