for teachers of English to Spanish-speaking learners

By Mark Hancock and Stella Palavecino


This course is designed for pronunciation teachers, EFL teachers and trainee teachers, and professionals who would like to boost their knowledge of sounds and intonation as well as integrating pronunciation into their lessons, with numerous inspiring practical ideas and activities.

An outline of the course:

Participants will attend live sessions on Zoom once a week presented by Mark Hancock and Stella Palavecino, receive training in setting up a virtual Language Laboratory for self correction and giving or receiving feedback, have access to a range of articles and the opportunity to plan pronunciation lessons. Certificates will be issued at the end of the course.

Course Calendar

The course starts on January 7th and finishes on February 11th 2023. The six live sessions will take place on Saturdays at 2.30 PM Buenos Aires time (GMT-3). The sessions will be recorded so that participants will be able to access to the recorded sessions at their own convenience. At the same time, participants will have access to an asynchronous platform. This space will allow participants to interact with each other and the tutors between sessions. It will be an opportunity to share and exchange ideas as well as the course material until the end of the course.


January 7th:

Exploring the English vowel system and approaches to teaching vowel contrasts and spelling patterns.
The setting up of a virtual 'Language Laboratory'

January 14th:

Exploring English consonants and consonant clusters, and comparing them with the learners’ L1.
Working with a virtual 'Language Laboratory' for self correction

January 21st:

Beyond individual sounds: syllables, rhythm and connected speech.
Working with a virtual 'Language Laboratory' to provide feedback

January 28th:

Exploring patterns of stress and intonation; working with authentic spoken English.
Working with a virtual 'Language Laboratory' on songs and movies

February 4th:

Pronunciation for listening. Macro vs Micro listening. Working on sound-bites and meaningful virtual 'Language Laboratory' practice

February 11th:

Planning pronunciation lessons: setting goals and priorities; identifying learners’ needs; anticipating difficulties from the learners’ L1. Introduction to Phonics
About the tutors

Mark Hancock

Is a teacher, trainer and author based in the UK. He holds an MA in Teaching English from Aston University. His books include Pronunciation Games (CUP 1995), English Pronunciation in Use (CUP 2003), Authentic Listening in Practice (DELTA 2014, with Annie McDonald) and PronPack 1-4 (Hancock McDonald ELT 2017).

His latest books are PronPack 5: Pronunciation of English for Spanish Speakers (Hancock McDonald ELT 2020) and Mark Hancock’s 50 Tips for Teaching Pronunciation (CUP 2020).

He also runs the teacher resource websites and (with Annie McDonald).


Stella Palavecino

Stella Palavecino is a teacher, teacher trainer and materials designer based in B.A. She holds a specialisation in Phonetics and Phonology, and a postgraduate degree in Higher Education and ICT, and Pedagogy. She has written articles and reviews for IATEFL PronSIG journal SpeakOut as well as delivering presentations on the field of phonology at conferences for teachers of English as a foreign language. She is also the PronSIG scholarship winner for the IATEFL 2020 annual conference.

At the moment, she lectures in Phonetics and Phonology I and II, and English Diction at Teacher Training Colleges and Translation Programmes. She is a founding member of B.A. English House, where she designed ‘An Assistantship in EFL Education’ programme’ offered to college students from Bristol and Manchester university, UK. Alongside the British Council, APIBA and other ELT organizations, she has organized webinars and conferences that promote continuous professional development. As a language consultant, she participated in the review of PronPack 1-4 by Mark Hancock and Keynote Intermediate by Paul Dummett.



This plan allows participants to access to all course materials (videos, articles and activities) and participate in live sessions with Mark Hancock on Saturdays for a period of 6 weeks, as well as having access to the asynchronous platform. The latter space is open to share the course material, recorded sessions and interact with the tutors and other participants during the course.

Full Course

This plan includes all of the benefits of the standard package. In addition, participants who choose this option can choose to either:

– send the tutors recorded audios of their own speech and receive feedback and suggestions for improvement or amplification where appropriate.

– do a mini-project involving preparing a lesson plan or material for a pronunciation session. They will then have the opportunity to discuss this with the course tutors in a 15-minute zoom meeting and receive feedback.