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teek-tac-toe

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I use a lot of minimal pairs in class for pronunciation. Here is a simple extension to do after introducing some minimal pairs:

Draw a tic-tac-toe chart on the board (knots and crosses for some of you) Fill the spaces with some of the words you have just practiced. It could look something like this:

peak / list / sip
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seep / usually / pick
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least / seen / sin

The class is divided into two teams, X and O. One by one the students pronounce the word of the square they want. If they pronounce it correctly they can take the square. If they pronounce it incorrectly they either lose their turn or get a square they weren't expecting (both shocking and amusing).

The good pronouncers are very patient in helping the weaker ones pronounce the words before their turn and it really upps the motivation for correct pronunciation.

I have used this in China with kids in their late teens and early 20s.

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