Who I am
have been teaching ESL for 30 years, mostly at the university level.
For 25 years I have worked with teachers, teaching them, supervising
them and presenting workshops on how to teach. My specialty is English
pronunciation. This specialty has led me to explore a wide variety of
topics, including teaching pronunciation, teaching other teachers about
teaching pronunciation, the roles of dialects in teaching
pronunciation, and examining what makes accented speech intelligible.
I have presented papers and taught in Canada, Singapore, Poland, the Czech Republic, Taiwan, Ukraine, Canada, Scotland
and the US. I have written articles about pronunciation
in a variety of journals, from the more theoretical (such as Applied
to those that mix theory and practice (such as TESOL
to those that are quite practically minded (TESOL
Journal, ELT Journal). I am also the co-editor of several volumes, including Social Dynamics in Second Language Accent (Degruyter) and the Handbook of English Pronunciation (Wiley Blackwell).
I am the creator and organizer of the Pronunciation
in Second Language Learning and Teaching conference,
now going into its seventh year. The conference attracts scholars and
teachers interested in pronunciation from around the world and provides
a freely available reviewed electronic proceedings (available various places, including my publications page). A direct result of the conference is the new Journal of Second Language Pronunciation (John Benjamins), of which I am the founding editor.