SPLIS Webinar: Maintaining pronunciation intelligibility in international settings

When:  Oct 6, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (ET)


Maintaining pronunciation intelligibility in international settings: What teachers and researchers should know

English is the most widely used lingua franca around the globe, making internationally intelligible pronunciation an important goal for numerous learners of English. This webinar provides an overview of the most important research findings concerning how to maintain intelligibility in international contexts, including those related to factors other than a speaker’s pronunciation itself. The subtitle – ‘what teachers and researchers should know’ – reflects the two aims of the webinar: 1) to raise awareness among teachers of the most important factors influencing a learner’s intelligibility in international settings, and 2) to encourage them to share their own viewpoints and experiences regarding issues of international intelligibility in actual classroom practice (i.e., what they would like researchers to know).


Veronika Thir holds a Ph.D. in English Applied Linguistics from the University of Vienna, where she has worked as a university assistant during her doctoral studies. Her research interests focus on issues of (phonological) intelligibility in ELF communication, in particular as they relate to the use of linguistic co-text and extralinguistic context by international listeners. Her work has been published in the Journal of Second Language Pronunciation and as a chapter in Language Change: The Impact of English as a Lingua Franca (2021, CUP). Dr. Thir is currently employed as a full-time lecturer by the University of Passau.