Using the phonemic chart

Teachers often disagree on whether or not to use the phonemic chart in their lessons. Watch Peter and Clare argue for and against, then why not tell us what you think.


Kids and speaking

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Here are some ideas for practising speaking in class with young learners.

A reason to speak
Make sure that the children have a reason for speaking, for example, they need to talk to their partner to complete a picture or to find information in order to make a graph. Think about the questions you ask in class. If you ask ‘Is this a pencil?’ children can only respond either ‘yes’ or ‘no’. And of course you already know it’s a pencil so the question isn’t real. If you hide the pencil in a bag and ask ‘What’s in the bag?’ this is now a fun game and students are motivated to answer using a wider range of language.

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Vocabulary activities

Have you tried these practical activities to help students with vocabulary learning? There's something for all ages and levels.


Emphasis on phonemic script

The phonemic script is a very useful tool for my classes but not one that all my learners are comfortable with.


Phonemic symbols

Help your own and your students' pronunciation with our pronunciation downloads. There are 44 A4 size classroom posters of phonemic symbols with examples to download. The posters are in Portable Document Format (pdf) and have been attached in a zipped folder.


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.


Vocabulary recycling and revision of phonemic symbols

If you have an electronic Interactive Whiteboard, or a computer with a data projector, the phonemic chart can be used in class to recycle and reinforce recently learned vocabulary, at the same time as revising the phonemic symbols.


Learning phonemic symbols

Remember that all activities for learning phonemic symbols must involve 'listen, look and say'.


Action Plan for Teachers

A 44 page illustrated book on the subject of English Language Teaching which covers the topics of planning and preparing lessons, teaching methodology and classroom practice, as well as using technology in the classroom.


Vocabulary phonemic revision activity

I am a great believer in teaching phonetic script with new words, alongside their spelling, stress patterns and L1 equivalents.


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