Pronunciation, Performance and Poetry with Adrian Underhill, author of Sound Foundations


Who is the course for?

This programme is for teachers, trainers, materials writers, and anyone who wishes to speak from the heart with impact and clarity. The course is for both English as a first language or an additional language users (min B2).

Course outline

There are two parallel strands to this practical programme:

  1. Develop confidence in your own pronunciation of sounds, words and connected speech. Learn to sense what you do in your mouth so you can critique and change your pronunciation as little or as much as you wish, and learn techniques to help your learners do the same.
  2. Develop your spoken performance skill through presentation and performance, maximising listener engagement through your voice tone, pause, energy distribution, timing, intonation, fluency, body language and … speaking from the heart

During the programme you will enjoy a complete workout with the Sound Foundations chart, receive constant feedback to gain confidence and mastery, and experience a range of new teaching techniques, all of which are transferable to your teaching style and your classes.

A practical, experiential, innovative, enjoyable and fully active programme.

On this course you will:

  1. Gain a thorough, practical insight into the physicality of pronunciation including words, stress, unstress, and connected speech
  2. Develop your personal expression and speaking from the heart in free speech and poetry.
  3. Develop your confidence and presence in spoken performance for example in teaching.
  4. Experience first hand and practise new teaching techniques to help your learners bring their speech to life.

Sample timetable

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About Adrian Underhill

Adrian is a world-renowned ELT Consultant and Teacher Trainer. Adrian is an author and the series editor of the Macmillan Books for Teachers. He is well known for his book Sound Foundations and his inspiring talks on how to understand the phonemic chart. His pronunciation chart was developed into an app for students and teachers and won an industry award. Adrian takes a holistic approach to teaching and teacher training and is a frequent conference speaker.


Underhill, A. (1980). Use your dictionary. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Underhill, A. 1999 Facilitation in Language Teaching in Affect in Language Learning, Ed Arnold, CUP

Underhill, A. (2002). Macmillan English Dictionary Workbook. Oxford: Macmillan Education..

Underhill, A. (2005). Sound Foundations: English Pronunciation. Macmillan Books for Teachers.

Underhill, A. (2005). Sound Foundations Phonemic Chart 2nd Edition (Standard English and general American) Macmillan Education

Underhill, A. 2013 The Inner Workbench: Learning itself as a Meaningful Activity in Meaningful Action: Earl Stevick’s influence on language teaching. Eds Arnold, Murphy, CUP

Underhill, A. 2019 Chapter in Developing Expertise Through Experience Ed Alan Maley, British Council

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