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.

      Do you use the phonemic chart with your students? Why? Why not?

      Have a look at the TeachingEnglish phonemic chart.

      Average: 3.7 (96 votes)

      Kids and speaking

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

      A reason to speak

      Average: 3.4 (157 votes)

      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.

      I always try to introduce it to new groups, with special emphasis on how it can help them find the pronunciation of new words in dictionaries, but I don’t push the system onto learners.

      Average: 3.9 (19 votes)

      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.

      Long vowel sounds - file size 10k pdf. Click on an image to download the poster.

      Average: 3.9 (375 votes)

      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.

      Average: 3.6 (146 votes)

      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.

      All these activities assume that learners have had at least some initial introduction to the phonemic alphabet.

      Average: 4 (32 votes)

      Learning phonemic symbols

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

      That means three senses are involved and if students can handle cards, find things in the room and point to symbols on a chart a fourth sense is involved.

      Average: 3.1 (44 votes)

      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.

      There are ideas for and examples of practical activities for different stages of the lesson.

      By Callum Robertson with Richard Acklam, published in 2000.

      Average: 3.7 (113 votes)

      Vocabulary phonemic revision activity

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

      Being able to work out the correct pronunciation of a word from the dictionary all on their own helps the learner to become autonomous and independent of any 'helpers' in real life situations.

      Average: 2.5 (11 votes)
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