Using the phonemic chart for autonomous learning

      If learners have access to a computer outside class, they can use the chart together with a dictionary to check the pronunciation of new words they meet in their own reading. This is particularly useful for learners who are not yet fully familiar with all the sounds on the chart.

      Encourage your learners to record the pronunciation of new words they meet, both in and out of class, in their vocabulary notebooks.

      You can also set homework related to pronunciation, which learners can check using the online chart before bringing to class. As mentioned above, you could ask them to write 5 new words from the class in phonemic script for homework, to be used to test their classmates. Similarly, if you want to focus on a sound which is problematic for your learners, ask them to find 5 words including that sound and write them in phonemic script. With a little training, your learners could prepare their own 'minimal pairs', for example with the sounds /i:/ and /I/. Depending on their level, they might come up with something like this:

      /I/ /i:/
      Sit seat
      hit heat
      will wheel
      mill meal
      bin been
      ship sheep


      They can use these to test their classmates' ability to discriminate between these sounds, as well as their own pronunciation, in the next class. They simply show the two lists of words to a partner, and say one of the words. The partner responds 'left' or 'right'. For example, in the list above, if student A says 'seat', student B will (hopefully) respond 'right'.

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      anisamuca's picture
      Submitted on 13 March, 2011 - 10:12

      I have tried myself this one, and it is really entertaining,  LIKE THAT !

      Youngheart2402's picture
      Submitted on 26 August, 2011 - 01:29

      @anisamuca is right! It's really useful as well

      Latin.Teacher's picture
      Submitted on 14 November, 2011 - 05:19

      It's quite interesting to use the phonemic chart, in spite of being a teacher, I keep on learning. I really recommend it to everyone.

      ashraf3h4's picture
      Submitted on 6 July, 2012 - 22:40

      I really appreciate this and I like it so much

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      sohail hassan
      Submitted on 13 February, 2013 - 04:46


      No doubt It is sign of entertaining plus make development to learning language.

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      ramar v
      Submitted on 6 August, 2013 - 08:55

      How to learn in fluency grammar.

      RAMAN2020's picture
      Submitted on 4 August, 2013 - 12:59

      its very important to show learners how it works and teaching in many pronunciation and lexical fields

      Emmanuel07's picture
      Submitted on 24 August, 2013 - 14:29

      Yes, English is an irregular language as it is not written as its spoken. Therefore, it is imperative to learn the phonology, phonetics, spelling rules etc. especially for the non-English. Learn theses, and English is a wonderful global language.