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English Pronunciation Activities & Games for Esl Students

More ESL English language games & activities to spice up your teaching.

One thing that a lot of students young and old alike find a little tricky is pronouncing the target language they are learning. Lets face it, have you ever tried to learn another language? I bet you have! No doubt you’ll most certainly have encountered the same problems as your own students will be facing in their efforts to reproduce the language they are learning. So you now have an understanding of what it’s like to learn another language.

Difficulties that befall learners of foreign languages fall into a few categories, and the two main categories are listening and speaking. You see the human ear tends to be tuned into the sounds of your own native tongue. So if all of a sudden it’s presented with a lot of new sounds and vocabulary, it’ll all seems very incomprehensible!

So what’s the solution? Think of it a little like tuning a radio onto a channel. At first when the tuner starts to come close to the channel you can here a noise, though you can’t yet make it out. The closer you get the clearer the noise is and the easier it becomes to work out what is being said, Here are a couple of fun ways you can teach good pronunciation in the ESL classroom as well as sharpening your student listening skills.

Tongue twisters

Blake’s back black brake bracket broke

She sells sea shells on the sea shore

Which witch ordered which sandwich

Six sick slick sea snakes slithered slowly

Peter piper picked a peck of pickled peppers

Swiss wristwatches swiss wristwatches

Chef’s square shaped soups show how good soups should be

How many yaks could a yak pack pack if a yak pack could pack yaks

Whether the weather is good or whether the weather is bad

Tip

When you start off, make sure you go through them slowly with your students to help them get confident. After a while, you could split the students up into teams and have a tongue twister showdown, awarding points to the team whose pronunciation is the best.

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