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Please see our "Pronunciation: Introduction" page for some information about doing pronunciation work in the ESL classroom.
IPA Phonetic AlphabetTechnical
International Phonetic Alphabet
Here are the 44 phonemes of Standard English. We all know there are countless accents which means countless varieties of the sounds on this page, but it's a good starting point.
The English Consonants - Articulation Chart
This is a Word document (14k) showing the place and manner of articulation of the 24 consonants that make up Standard English. If you prefer, there is also a graphic of the same chart. Open the link and save the graphic onto your computer where you can then print it off.
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Students look at an image of a phoneme and then try to find the same phoneme in one of the following words. This can be done with students working alone or in groups or even as part of a class pronunciation practice game. It makes learning the phonetic alphabet, which is so important for ESL students, more enjoyable.
Vowels and Consonants
Phonetic Tic-Tac-Toe, Board 1
Good ol' fashioned tic-tac-toe, noughts and crosses, but with a phonetic twist to help your ESL students in their pronunciation work. Depending on the size of your class, this game can be played in pair, small groups or even as a whole class on an enlarged sheet. This board practices both vowel and consonant phonemes.
Phonetic Tic-Tac-Toe, Board 2
This second board practices primarily vowel phonemes.
Phonetic Tic-Tac-Toe, Board 3
This third board practices both vowel and consonant phonemes.
The Dangling Modifier
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