Common phonological features of learners from Hong Kong, Mainland (dialects), Pakistan, and Philippines

We summarized salient phonological features of learners from Hong Kong, Mainland (Yueh, Hakka, Hsiang, Jin, Kan, Northern Min, Southern Min, Wu, and Mandarin), Pakistan, and Philippines based on data from the corpus. The phonological features are quite different among speakers from different language backgrounds. English teachers are strongly encouraged to know language backgrounds of their students, set their pronunciation teaching focus and design teaching materials based on our summary.

» Suprasegmental    » Vowels    » Consonants    » Syllable structure

Corpus-aided Pronunciation Teaching Framework
  • We developed a corpus-aided pronunciation teaching framework as a guidance of integrating our corpus into English teaching to enhance effectiveness of language teaching and learning.
Corpus-aided Lesson Plans

You can access ready-made corpus-based English pronunciation lesson plans and teaching materials for primary and secondary school teachers and students to introduce corpus-based teaching and learning approach.

The lesson plans were designed based on the corpus-aided pronunciation teaching framework. Topics of the lesson plan include both suprasegmental and segmental features of English pronunciation, as well as using corpus and popular culture in English classrooms.

» Suprasegmental Features

» Segmental Features

» Use Corpus and Popular Culture to Teach English Pronunciation in Classroom


Corpus-aided Teacher Training Programme

You can also explore training materials and recordings of a corpus-aided pronunciation teacher training programme (workshop series + online lessons) held in Oct-Nov, 2019 at The Education University of Hong Kong. The programme helped pre- and in-service teachers learn about an innovative corpus-aided approach and support their English pronunciation learning with a variety of pronunciation assessment tools.

» Training Materials 

» Video Clips for Workshop Series

Workshop I   ♦ Workshop II  ♦ Workshop III 

Hands-on Activities

Word Stress Training Programme

You can either get access to the findings of the project (such as research results and teaching kits) or download materials used in phonological rule-based training, acoustic perceptual-based training, and metaphonological training. All the resources provided by this project can be easily adopted or adapted to your own research or practice, such as tone-based (e.g., Vietnamese) or pitch accent based (e.g., Japanese) L2 learners of English at various levels (primary, secondary, college, and adults).

» Teaching Kits

» Training Materials

An E-teaching Package

You can also explore an e-teaching package of English phonetics and pronunciation. The development of the package aims to find better ways to teach phonetics and pronunciation courses online, to design an e-teaching package including several digital education tools with different goals for an English phonetics and pronunciation course, and to create a two-way communication environment.

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