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Speaking and Pronunciation

Online Pronunciation Guides and Practice Activities

Speaking Skills

  • Telephone skills: including key vocabulary and phrases for making appointments, ordering pizza, taking a message, etc.
  • Key vocabulary and phrases for conversation starters and making small talk at bus stops, parties, offices, etc.

Pronunciation/Phonology: For students

  • Accent Reduction
    This website helps students focus on accent reduction so they can communicate with confidence, clarity and accuracy.
  • Better Accent Tutor
    This website provides audio-visual feedback of students’ stress, intonation and rhythm patterns. It includes an on-line workbook as well as over 300 utterances by native speakers against which students can compare their own pronunciation. A demonstration unit is offered on the website free of charge.
  • Centre for Independent Language Learning
    This website includes sound clips to help students improve their pronunciation.
  • The Phonetic Chart
    An interactive phonemic chart where students can click to hear the English sounds.
  • Sounds of English
  • Word Stress in English
    This website focuses specifically on word-stress in English.


  • 20 Pronunciation lessons to help you:
    understand the systematic differences between English and Cantonese pronunciation; monitor your own speech and become aware of ways in which you can improve the intelligibility of your own spoken English; become aware of the rhythm of English in contrast to that of Chinese; use stress (strong and weak syllables) appropriately in both words and sentences; make use of transcription in dictionaries. Each lesson introduces an aspect of English pronunciation and many include short tasks for practice. You can expect to finish a lesson in 15 minutes
  • Authentic American Pronunciation
    a list of words that students can listen to in order to determine the correct pronunciation. real player is needed.

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