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The Fabulous Phonetic Alphabet (vowel sounds)

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A phonetics activity

Put Column numbers (1 -7) up on the board / OHT. Put the letter A in column 1 and B,C and D in column 2. Ask students where E goes and continue with the other letters of the alphabet. You should end up with 7 columns looking something like this:

_________________________Phonetic symbols_____________________________

1) A 2) B 3) F 4) I 5) O 6) Q 7) R
J C L Y U
H D M W
K E N
G S
P X
T Z (UK)
V
Z (US)

Having elicited the alphabet according to vowel sounds, put up the phonetic symbols at the top of each column, get them to copy it and get them to practice saying the letters in their columns and then the sound of each of the monothongs/dipthongs. Finally, get students to find a word containing the appropriate sound for each column.e.g.

1) say 2) me 3) bed 4) my 5) go 6) two 7) car

Use the alphabet as a reference for other words students come across in the future. Have fun!


Nick Kendall.


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