Pronunciation Practice

One area in ESL / EFL that sometimes needs practice is pronunciation. And pronunciation is NOT always easy!

Throughout my daily lessons, I would touch on pronunciation by romanizing words that students may be having troubles with.

For example:

Penguin [pang-gwin]

I would write the brackets with the sounds that students are familiar with. It’s a shame English isn’t one of those language where it is always read how it’s spelt / spelled. 😉

Some words to try:

Because [beecuz]

Choir [kwahyer]

Talked (or most -ed words!) [tockt]

Business [bizniss]

Film [film] NOT FILLUM

Jewelry [joowelree]

It isn’t hard to incorporate this into your readings, when speaking, or discussing vocabulary words. This will also encourage students not to rely on Korean for English pronunciation. Students sometimes write the Korean ‘sounds’ for English words but Korean ≠ English and English ≠ Korean. Hopefully romanizing with English sounds and letters will reiterate that you cannot take a foreign language and substitute it with the native language all the time (note: all the time; there will be times of course).


The Listening Game

The Listening Game is very simple and free-for-all! Only a pencil and listening ears are required for students. Teachers can use scratch paper and a pencil for this activity.

Where there are 4 boxes, you can use them one by one or use them all if you’d like. Some examples of listening you could do are…

  1. Draw a small circle next to number 2.
  2. Write your name in box number 4.
  3. In the lower right hand corner of number 1, write the word ‘orange’.
  4. Draw a line up and down the middle of box number 3.
  5. Draw one big square over all of the boxes.
  6. Write the number 7 next to number 1.

For an extra challenge, you could include questions about the book where they need to write or draw answers. You may have to explain the names (box, number, corner, etc.) and rules of this activity. Another idea could be to do one box together and get progressively harder as you go.

The ideas are limitless. It would also be great for the teacher to draw along on scratch paper so when everyone is finished, they can compare with the teacher and with each other.