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About John Levis

I have been teaching ESL for 30 years, mostly at the university level. For 25 years I have worked with teachers, teaching them, supervising them and presenting workshops on how to teach. My specialty is English pronunciation. This specialty has led me to explore a wide variety of topics, including teaching pronunciation, teaching other teachers about teaching pronunciation, the roles of dialects in teaching pronunciation, and examining what makes accented speech intelligible. I am the creator and organizer of the Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching conference, now going into its seventh year. The conference attracts scholars and teachers interested in pronunciation from around the world and provides a freely available reviewed electronic proceedings (available various places, including my publications page). A direct result of the conference is the new Journal of Second Language Pronunciation (John Benjamins), of which I am the founding editor.


Present Professor, Iowa State University Department of English


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Contact Information

337 Ross
527 Farm House Ln
Ames, IA 50011-1054
Phone: 515-294-7524
Fax: 515-294-6814


Peer-Reviewed Articles (13)

Books (2)

Book Chapters (6)

Conference and Proceedings (1)