The Cinderella of ELT

An open lecture by
Adrian Underhill

When: Friday, March 17, 16:00–17:30

Where: 17b Ipitou Street, Plaka, Athens

Organized by: The Graduate Master Class Series, School of Graduate and Professional Education

To reserve your place, please contact Maria Kritikou via email: or telephone: 210 6009800 ext. 1210.

Workshop Description

Unlike grammar and vocabulary, our methodology fails to integrate pronunciation into language learning. In teacher training and materials development, pronunciation remains the outsider. In this participatory talk Underhill will explore two underlying reasons for this outsider status. He will then propose and demonstrate a practical solution for each. A hands-on lesson will then be to demonstrate ways of liberating learners from the ‘grip’ of their mother tongue phonetic set, and ways of reconnecting with the muscles that make the pronunciation difference. Underhill will illustrate how the phonemic chart provides a mental map that is integral to this process.

Adrian Underhill


Adrian Underhill is a trainer, consultant, author, and speaker. He is also a past President of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL), current IATEFL Ambassador, and series editor of Macmillan Books for Teachers. He is the author of Sound Foundations: Learning and Teaching Pronunciation, and the app Sounds: The Pronunciation App. Underhill is interested in teachers as leaders, in how we organize ourselves in complex and difficult settings, and in the emerging forms of leadership that address this. He is currently exploring the role of improvisation, playfulness, and intuition in how we learn.