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I can see spending a whole class going over pronunciation, I cannot see doing it for an beginner class. The beginners would still be learning the shape of the English alphabet (in cases with students of different writing systems) and differentiating between the phonetic alphabet and the way words are spelt would be too confusing for them. I think that intermediate to advanced students would get more out of a full pronunciation lesson because they have a larger vocabulary and more experience forming the words. The class could then be for increasing fluency. For a beginner class I can see the focus being more on using intonation and understanding it when they hear it. For multiple levels I can see incorporating it into the dialogues and role-plays by suggesting the students focus on getting the intonation right to convey a tone, just as they would in their own language. I can remember, as a student myself, just reading a dialogue straight from the book for practice. Looking back I can see that trying to understand the tone or purpose of the dialogue would have helped me with my fluency.