Adam Brown

adam brown

Research interests

Pronunciation, spelling, English language teaching, communication


Selected publications

Books, book chapters

Brown, A. (2019). Understanding and teaching English spelling: A strategic guideNew York: Routledge.

Rahman, K. A., & Brown, A. (2017). Intercultural communication study in New Zealand. In Y. Y. Kim (ed.), The international encyclopedia of intercultural communication (pp. 1–10.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Brown, A. (2016). Integrating pronunciation with spelling and punctuation. In T. Jones (Ed.) Pronunciation in the classroom: The overlooked essential (pp. 154-168). Alexandria VA: TESOL. 

Brown, A. (2015). Syllable structure. In J. Levis & M. Reid (Eds.) The handbook of English pronunciation (pp. 85-105). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Brown, A. (2014). Pronunciation and phonetics: A practical guide for English language teachers. New York: Routledge. 

Brown, A. (2012). 1 Phonetics and phonology: Historical overview; 2 David Abercrombie; 3 The International Phonetic Alphabet. In C. A. Chapelle (ed.) The encyclopedia of applied linguistics (pp. 4401 - 4407). Hoboken NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Brown, A. (2008). Pronunciation and good language learners. In C. Griffiths (ed.) Lessons from good language learners (pp 197-207). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,.

Brown, A. (2005). Sounds, symbols and spellings. Singapore: McGraw-Hill.

Deterding, D., Brown, A., & Low, E. L. (Eds., 2005). English in Singapore: Phonetic research on a corpus. Singapore: McGraw-Hill.

Low, E. L. & Brown, A. (2005). English in Singapore: An introduction. Singapore: McGraw-Hill.

Deterding, D., Low, E. L. & Brown, A. (Eds., 2003). English in Singapore: Research on grammar Singapore: McGraw-Hill.

Brown, A. (2003). English language myths. Singapore: McGraw-Hill.

Brown, A., Deterding, D. & Low, E. L. (Eds., 2000). The English language in Singapore: Research on pronunciation. Singapore: Singapore Association for Applied Linguistics.

Brown, A. (Ed., 1992). Approaches to pronunciation teaching. Review of ELT/Developments in ELT series Volume 2 No 2. London, UK: The British Council & Macmillan.

Brown, A. (1991). Pronunciation models Singapore: Singapore University Press.

Brown, A. (Ed., 1991). Teaching English pronunciation: A book of readings London: Routledge.


Journal articles

Brown, A. (2013) Book review: Stirling, J. (2011). Teaching spelling to English language learners. Raleigh NC: Lulu. Journal of International Education and Business, 4(2). 129-131.

Brown, A. & Smith, J. (2011). Exploring the role of pronunciation in New Zealand’s brain waste. Communication Journal of New Zealand, 12(1), 29-41.

Brown, A. (2011). Which side are you on? English Teaching Professional, 72, 35-37.

Brown, A. (2008). Non-verbal communication. English Teaching Professional, 54, 52-53.

Brown, A. (2007). Beyond words. English Teaching Professional, 53, 4-6.

Brown, A. (2004). The importance of vowel length in pronunciation teaching. Review of Applied Linguistics (ITL) Instituut voor Toegepaste Linguistiek, Leuven, Belgium, 141-142, 225–246.

Brown, A. (2003). Knowing when to stop. English Teaching Professional, 26, 45-46.

Chia B. P. & Brown, A. (2002). Singaporeans’ reactions to Estuary English. English Today, 18, 33-38.

Brown, A. (2001). ‘The three Is of pronunciation targets. Asian Englishes, 4(1), 112-116.

Brown, A. (2000). Tongue slips and Singapore English pronunciation. English Today, 16(3), 31-36.

Brown, A. (2000). The number of phonemes in English: not a simple answer to a simple question. Journal of the Simplified Spelling Society (UK), 27, 11-13.



Brown, A. (2016). Barriers to learning the English th sounds. Part II: The relative importance of the two sounds. Speak Out! (Journal of the IATEFL Pronunciation Special Interest Group) 54, 6-14.

Brown, A. (2015). Barriers to learning the English th sounds. Part I: Articulatory and acoustic considerations. Speak Out! (Journal of the IATEFL Pronunciation Special Interest Group) 53, 6-14.

Brown, A. (2000). Review of Edward Carney English Spelling (Routledge 1997). Speak Out! (Newsletter of the IATEFL Pronunciation Special Interest Group).


Educational qualifications

PhD (Phonetics) University of Edinburgh

MA (Hons) 1st class, English Language & Linguistics, University of Edinburgh

Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Aston University


Teaching experience

1995 – 2005 English Language & Literature, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

1989 – 1995 Business Communication Unit, The British Council, Singapore

1988 – 1989 Department of Language Education, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1985 – 1988 Language Studies Unit, Aston University, Birmingham, UK

1982 – 1985 Department of English Language & Literature, National University of Singapore