Activities To Improve Pronunciation English Language Essay

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This activity focuses student's attention on the absolute importance of correct pronunciation with 44 phonemes all battling for an English speaker's attention where mixing them up can produce mispronounced words and very often, totally different words. This dictation activity will show my students that to win the game, they must get the words right. There are many topics that are relevant with this activity. One of it would be habitual actions. Here my pupils can learn more about the everyday activities such as reading the newspaper, eating breakfast, plays tennis, etc. This activity is suitable for intermediate students in primary schools. Here I have also focused on certain phonemes such as / s / in gets, reads, telephones. This would be useful as most of my pupils have difficulty in pronouncing these two sounds. To make it more challenging, I will forbid the usage of their mother tongue. So this will definitely encourage them to speak English. This activity is suitable for the intermediate students as they can spell words independently. This activity would surely be a 'class waker' as it is a high-energy, run-about activity which children would really enjoy.

Go to school ( Game board )

This is an interesting game to play. The materials needed are a game board ( shown on previous page), place markers for each player ( 2 - 4 players ) in a group and a dice. To play this game each player chooses a place marker and put it on 'START' ( the school bus ). The first player throws the dice and moves his or her markers along the game board path according to the number of space on the dice. The objective of this game is to drive the school bus to the school. The player then states the name of the consonants. For example, if the player lands on a space with the consonant / t /, he or she may say the word 'table '. If the player is unable to state the consonants and the word that begins with that consonant sound, he or she will miss a turn. Each player continues their turn. The first player to reach 'FINISH' ( the school ) wins. The focus skill of this game is consonants. I can use this game of the elementary and intermediate students. Children love to play games so this is one way where my pupils can apply their phonics skills through learning games and further practice and reinforce their phonic skills.

Silent Letters

This activity is suitable for elementary level of pupils to introduce them with silent letters. Silent letters are a part of phonology. By giving options like /b/, /k/, /g/, /w/ where children can fill in the blanks correctly, gives them a chance to try this activity on their own. The teacher could assist the pupils in pronouncing the words first followed by the pupils. Younger children may not know the existence of silent letters, so here exposure is given so that pupils can pronounce words such as 'knife' and 'knowledge' properly. In this activity pupils are encouraged to circle the silent letter, filling in the blanks and even creating a silly rhyme.

Sound Bingo

The materials needed to play this interesting game are a game board (shown on previous page ) and space markers. I will make many copies of the game board. I will use words containing long A and E sound such as make , bake, pail, snail, rain, chain, day, say, bee, tree, seed, speed, week, queen, keep, team. This game is played just like the regular Bingo game. Before the game begins, give each player a game board and ample space markers. The caller draws one slip of paper from the bag and reads the word aloud. If a player's game board contains that word, he or she places a marker over the space. The first layer to get five markers in a row either vertically, horizontally, or diagonally, yells "Sound Bingo". The player then reads the words aloud in the row as the caller checks them against the slips of paper drawn from the bag. If these match, The player wins. This game is fun and it will encourage pupils to identify the long vowels correctly. They will also learn to pronounce the words correctly. This game can be played at elementary or intermediate level. The teacher can also vary her lessons by using other long vowels or even using blends such as black, brown, clean etc.

Words with the same sound

This activity can be used when teaching the topic "objects". Pupils are encouraged to read the sentence aloud and circle the words in the sentence that sound the same. Example: clown and crown. Here the teacher will encourage pair work, where pupils A will read to Pupil B and vice versa. This way pupils will have practice as they listen to their friend's pronunciation and identify the words with the same sound. In this activity the teacher focuses on the basic relationship between the sound of the letters and the spelling used to represent them. This activity would be suitable for beginners as it is rather simple.

Vowel Checkers

This is an interesting game. The materials needed to play this game, are the game board, 24 checkers or markers (12 of one colour. 12 of another colour). I will make a copy of the game board or I can also use the ready-made checkerboard and checkers. All I have to do is to stick tags of words as shown on the previous page onto the board. The game is played just like checkers, except players must pronounce the word on each space he or she lands on. If a player cannot pronounce the word, he or she returns to the original space. The checkers can be moved diagonally. For example one student or player can move on shaded squares only. A player can capture an opponent's checker by jumping over it. The square behind the checker being jumped must be empty. The player then takes the jumped checker and places it to the side of the game board. Players must jump other checkers when they can. A player can jump more that one checker at a time, provided the moves are forward. If simple words are chosen then this activity would be suitable for elementary students. Pupils are familiar with the board game, so they will find it interesting to pronounce these words in a fun and exciting way. The focus of this activity is the final e sounds such as grade, made, pine, rode etc. This is because generally students get confuse with words like hop and hope. By playing this game children will learn to pronounce correctly.

Soft /g/ sound

Teacher introduces the soft /g/ sounds by giving examples of words like giant, gem, gym and ask pupils to differentiate with hard /g/ words like gun, girl, gorilla. Pupils pronounce the words after the teacher. Then pupils will fill in the blanks accordingly. To see the understanding of pupils, they are to categorize the words correctly under each cloud given. Pupils pronounce the words correctly. This activity can be taught when teaching nouns. The objective of this activity is to make sure pupils can pronounce and differentiate the pronunciation of the hard /g/ and the soft /g/. This activity is suitable for intermediate students.

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