But do we devote class time to pronunciation practice on a regular basis? Instead, try playing these games to practice pronunciation. Prepare a list with sets of three to four words that have the same vowel sound , plus one somewhere in the middle that is different. For example, cut , but , nut and put. Divide your class into two teams and have them form two lines in front of the board. Write the first set of four words on the board.
Over the decades, as a first grade and ESL teacher, I have sifted numerous reading strategies through the instructional sieve. I will share two, in particular, that remain as the most effective strategies for all readers to enjoy mastering vowel sounds. There are two critical activities to promote mastery of vowel sounds. I learned these at an Orton-Gillingham training ten years ago.
Pronunciation games are fun and interesting. They are perfect time killers and true life saviors especially for ill-prepared ESL teachers. Now why did I have to say that?
The following activities can be adjusted to meet different levels and adapted to fit into any timeframe. Please note that not every activity you do in class has to be extremely challenging. Simple ideas that everybody is able to accomplish can work wonders with student confidence which, in turn, can increase motivation. The following are ten activities that can assist you in practicing phonics at any point in your lesson: Letters on the Board At first, the teacher writes some letters on the board.