Teaching Pronunciation: Front, Central and Back Vowels


Phonemic Chart - Screenshot

Objective

Students will be able to identify front, central and back vowels in spoken language

Pre-Task

Teacher introduces the five back vowels and examples of it.

  1. The first of the high vowels is /uː/ (as in food)
  2. The second high vowel is /ʊ/ as in good.
  3. The vowel made with mid tongue elevation is /ɔ:/ (as in caught).
  4. The vowel with the lowest tongue elevation is /ɑ:/ (as in palm).
  5. The final vowel  with slightly higher tongue elevation and slightly retracted tongue position is the sound /ɒ/ (as  cot, pot and lot)

Then teachers review the front and central Vowels

There are 3 Central vowels

  1. / ʌ / as in cup
  2. / ɜː / as in Learn
  3. / ə / as in about

There are 5 front vowels

  1. / i: / as in beat
  2. / ei / as in bait
  3. / e / as in bet
  4. / ɪ / as in fist
  5. / æ / as in bat

Task

Listening Challenge

Student listen to some tracks and identify one-syllable words and categorize them using the front, central and  backs vowels chart.

The tracks that they will listen are the following:

  1. Group 
  2. Group
  3. Group 
  4. Group 

Post- Task

Students  will answer a quiz about the topic

 

 

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