Hey guys, I’ve used some pronunciation activities recently and I would like to share them with you. The activities do not involve practice alone, but they also arouse sts’ interest in the importance of having good pronunciation skills when you’re communicating.
1) Tell me what you saw: divide the class in two groups (A and B). A stays in class to watch video-A, while B goes outside. When the video is finished, B enters the class and listens to A’s story. Now do the opposite (B stays inside to watch video-B while A stays outside). Now with both A and B in class, play the videos and ask: Why is pronunciation important in English? Finally, play video-C to see if they understand what happaned and what caused the misunderstanding.
Obs.: While students are waiting outside, you can ask them to think of a word in English that is very difficult to pronounce.
Video – A Pink Panther: I would like to buy a hamburguer
Video – B Soup or Salad?
Video – C German Coast Guard
2) Let’s sing! Tell your students there’s a very effective and pleasant way to practice pronunciation: singing! One of the most difficult kinds of music to sing is RAP, and that’s because rappers sing really fast and use a lot of slang vocabulary. Tell your students you’re going to try to sing the chorus of an Eminem song. Write the lyrics on the board. Now slowly read the lyrics with your students giving some rhythm by snaping your fingers. Raise the speed until you reach the original rhythm. You can also divide the class in groups to make some kind of competition. Students just love this!
The real Slim Shady – Eminem
“I’m Slim Shady
Yes I’m the real Shady
All you other Slim Shady’s
Are Just Imitating
So won’t the real Slim Shady
Please Stand Up
Please Stand Up
Please Stand Up”
I have the chorus in mp3, but I didn’t manage to upload it here. So I’ll leave it in the teacher’s room laptop (on the desktop) in case you want to use it.