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.
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
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.