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This is a pig (/pɪg/), not a peeg (/piːg/)
In some languages, these sounds (/ɪ/ and /iː/)
don’t exist. However, they are very common in
English, and can cause misund...
Ship
/ʃɪp/
Sheep
/ʃiːp/
The sheep on the ship feel seasick.
/ðə ʃiːp ɒn ðə ʃɪp fiːl ˈsiːsɪk/
Cheese
/ʧiːz/
In English speaking countries, we
tell people to “say cheese” in
photos because doing so forces
them to make a smile.
 /ɪ/
 ship
 /iː/
 sheep
Practice with a partner
for a few minutes.
Watch each other as
you make these
sounds. Notice t...
 We will now listen to a song. After hearing
the song, discuss with a partner what you
think it is called.
 The song was called “All the World Is
Green.”
 Practice saying song of the lyrics aloud,
paying attention to the /ɪ/ an...
Copy the diagram in your notebook
Listen to the teacher’s pronunciation. If he says a
word containing /ɪ/ then turn left. If he says /iː/
then turn right.
E...
Now take turns to play in small groups. Take turns saying
words with /ɪ/ and /iː/. See if the others can get your
meaning....
 You are now going to watch a short video
clip. In the video clip, one person makes a
mistake in pronunciation.
› What di...
Answer
 The man’s name is Phil (/fɪl/) but she said
/fiːl/, which sounds like “feel.”
How to say /θ/
To make the target sound
/θ/, put your tongue
between your teeth. Blow
out air between your
tongue and your top
teeth. Do ...
1. Find something clean, such as your finger.
2. Hold it in front of your mouth.
3. Say a word like “think” or “thousand”....
Mouth
/maʊθ/
Mouse
/maʊs/
He’s sinking. He’s thinking.
A B
1. face faith
2. force fourth
3. sick thick
4. sink think
5. sort thought
6. tense tenth
A: What did you think of the new theatre?
B: I thought it would have been better. It cost
thousands to rebuild. But I thou...
 CATHERINE: Samantha Roth is only thirty.
 RUTH: ls she? l thought she was thirty-three.
 CATHERINE: Samantha’s birthda...
 Pay attention to tricky consonant sounds
nearby. For example:
 First thing
 Last thought
 Just think
This is going to be interesting…
Feather
/ˈfeðə/
 It’s the same as /θ/,
but this time your
vocal cords move.
1. Put your hand against your throat.
2. Say “think, thin, thousand.”
3. Can you feel anything? No.
4. Say “this, those, t...
 Many Chinese students say “then” as “Zen.”
Zen means a kind of Buddhism.
Clothing
ˈkləʊðɪŋ
Closing
ˈkləʊzɪŋ
A: Where are the others?
B: They’ve gone bathing.
A: I hope they’ve gone together.
B: They said they’d rather go separatel...
 Thanks for learning with me. Check out my
teaching resources website for the full lesson
plan.
 Also try my IELTS websi...
Solving Pronunciation Problems for Chinese ESL Learners
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This PPT is designed to support a class aimed at correcting pronunciation problems in Chinese learners of English. It looks at the difficulties Chinese people have in speaking English, such as the "th" sounds (/θ/ and /ð/). It includes a wide range of activities and help to improve their speaking. See the full lesson plan for the videos referenced in the PPT: http://davidteaching.blogspot.hk/2017/03/how-to-correct-pronunciation-problems.html

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Solving Pronunciation Problems for Chinese ESL Learners

  1. 1. This is a pig (/pɪg/), not a peeg (/piːg/)
  2. 2. In some languages, these sounds (/ɪ/ and /iː/) don’t exist. However, they are very common in English, and can cause misunderstandings when pronounced incorrectly.  For example, it is embarrassing to confuse: › Beach Bitch › /biːʧ/ /bɪʧ/ › Sheet Shit › /ʃiːt/ /ʃɪt/
  3. 3. Ship /ʃɪp/ Sheep /ʃiːp/
  4. 4. The sheep on the ship feel seasick. /ðə ʃiːp ɒn ðə ʃɪp fiːl ˈsiːsɪk/
  5. 5. Cheese /ʧiːz/
  6. 6. In English speaking countries, we tell people to “say cheese” in photos because doing so forces them to make a smile.
  7. 7.  /ɪ/  ship  /iː/  sheep Practice with a partner for a few minutes. Watch each other as you make these sounds. Notice the shape of your partner’s mouth as they speak. Does it look like this?
  8. 8.  We will now listen to a song. After hearing the song, discuss with a partner what you think it is called.
  9. 9.  The song was called “All the World Is Green.”  Practice saying song of the lyrics aloud, paying attention to the /ɪ/ and /iː/ sounds: › Pretend that you owe me nothing And all the world is green We can bring back the old days again When all the world is green  You don’t need to sing it 
  10. 10. Copy the diagram in your notebook
  11. 11. Listen to the teacher’s pronunciation. If he says a word containing /ɪ/ then turn left. If he says /iː/ then turn right. Example:
  12. 12. Now take turns to play in small groups. Take turns saying words with /ɪ/ and /iː/. See if the others can get your meaning. Ideas: bin bean chip cheap his he’s it eat sit seat did deed fill feel fit feet grin green hit heat is ease mitt meet slip sleep still steal itch each gin gene grid greed hid heed hill he’ll ill eel kip keep knit neat lick leak lip leap mill meal pick peek pitch peach
  13. 13.  You are now going to watch a short video clip. In the video clip, one person makes a mistake in pronunciation. › What did she mean to say? › What did she say instead? › Why did this cause a problem?
  14. 14. Answer  The man’s name is Phil (/fɪl/) but she said /fiːl/, which sounds like “feel.”
  15. 15. How to say /θ/
  16. 16. To make the target sound /θ/, put your tongue between your teeth. Blow out air between your tongue and your top teeth. Do not use your voice.
  17. 17. 1. Find something clean, such as your finger. 2. Hold it in front of your mouth. 3. Say a word like “think” or “thousand”. 4. Can you feel your tongue?
  18. 18. Mouth /maʊθ/ Mouse /maʊs/
  19. 19. He’s sinking. He’s thinking.
  20. 20. A B 1. face faith 2. force fourth 3. sick thick 4. sink think 5. sort thought 6. tense tenth
  21. 21. A: What did you think of the new theatre? B: I thought it would have been better. It cost thousands to rebuild. But I thought it was nothing special. What did you think? A: I thought it was really something!
  22. 22.  CATHERINE: Samantha Roth is only thirty.  RUTH: ls she? l thought she was thirty-three.  CATHERINE: Samantha’s birthday was last Thursday.  RUTH: Was it? I thought it was last month.  CATHERINE: The Roths’ house is worth six hundred thousand.  RUTH: ls it? l thought it was worth three hundred thousand.  CATHERINE: Ross Roth is the author of a book about moths.  RUTH: ls he? I thought he was a mathematician.
  23. 23.  Pay attention to tricky consonant sounds nearby. For example:  First thing  Last thought  Just think
  24. 24. This is going to be interesting…
  25. 25. Feather /ˈfeðə/
  26. 26.  It’s the same as /θ/, but this time your vocal cords move.
  27. 27. 1. Put your hand against your throat. 2. Say “think, thin, thousand.” 3. Can you feel anything? No. 4. Say “this, those, these, there.” 5. Can you feel anything? Yes!
  28. 28.  Many Chinese students say “then” as “Zen.” Zen means a kind of Buddhism.
  29. 29. Clothing ˈkləʊðɪŋ Closing ˈkləʊzɪŋ
  30. 30. A: Where are the others? B: They’ve gone bathing. A: I hope they’ve gone together. B: They said they’d rather go separately. A: What about their mother and father? B: They’re washing their clothes.
  31. 31.  Thanks for learning with me. Check out my teaching resources website for the full lesson plan.  Also try my IELTS website for fun IELTS practice.

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