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Pronunciation Problems

Pronunciation problems by Mark Hancock

The long and short i sounds cause problems for a lot of learners, who cannot hear or produce the difference between pairs of words like bin and bean.

Corner to Corner

Corner to Corner - hancockmcdonald.com/materials/corner-corner

This activity is a free sample from PronPack 2: Pronunciation Puzzles. It can be very tricky to distinguish /s/ from /z/ at the end of a word. Try this maze to see if you can do it. If you find it hard, try two strategies:

Tongue Cats

Tongue Cats - hancockmcdonald.com/materials/tongue-cats

This activity is a free sample from PronPack 1: Pronunciation Workouts. It focuses on raising awareness of the role of the tongue, jaw and lips in forming the vowel sounds.

Air Traffic Control

PronPack 3 sample material

This activity is a free sample from PronPack 3: Pronunciation Pairworks. A minimal pair is a pair of words or phrases with identical pronunciation except for one phoneme.

Lost

Lost - hancockmcdonald.com/materials/lost

This activity is a free sample from  PronPack 4: Pronunciation Poems.

Teaching Objective: To familiarize students with the pronunciation of –ed endings and linking in connected speech.

American Sound Chart

American Sound Chart - hancockmcdonald.com/materials/american-sound-chart

This version of the Pronpack Sound Chart uses the symbols for the American sound system as used in Celce-Murcia, Brinton and Goodwin Teaching Pronunciation, CUP 1996. The r-coloured vowels are given as separate hexagons.

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