Clear Horizons International

“What’d You Say?”: Pronunciation Activities

By Sarah Sahr

http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/tesolc/issues/2012-10-01/index.html

This article deals with the variety of phonemes (the smallest phonetic or sound unit in a language capable of conveying a distinction in meaning) in the English language.

The author gives examples of some of the more difficult phonemes for learners of English as a second language.  Additionally, she provides exercises which can be used by the teacher to help her students, including lists of materials needed for the exercises.  Ms. Sahr suggests using a mirror to help students see positions of the mouth, teeth, and tongue when making certain sounds.  Her last activity splits the students into pairs so they can work together on their pronunciation.

The lesson plan can be downloaded at:  http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/tesolc/downloads/lesson%20plans/10_2012_lesson%20plan_pronunciation.pdf

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