With any language, ability to communicate verbally depends on
being able to pronounce and recognise its sounds. Some languages
are written phonetically but English is not. Conventional
English spelling is illogical, inconsistent and misleading.
This makes spoken English difficult to teach.
Language Engineering Co Ltd has therefore set itself the task of
making a range of resources available to teachers featuring
phonetic text. These resources are written in simplified S4
phonetic text rather than academic IPA phonetic text.
Learning the sounds of English without phonetic text as a prop
is like learning arithmetic without pencil and paper or playing
the piano without sheet music. It can
be done, but it is
Using the resources available on this website, teachers of
English as a Foreign Language (EFL) can quickly obtain the
information they need to teach proper pronunciation
What's in it for me?
How good does
pronunciation need to be?
What is S4?
Is S4 "phonetic" or "phonemic"?
And what about
EFL teacher resources
Things you can do with S4