EXERCISES FOR PRONOUCITION
There exist 2 large groups of exercises for pronouns:
1) based on recognition. We recognize sounds, stress, poses, and intonation.
2) based on production. We produce sounds, words, sentences, dialogues. Both groups include exercises with/without graphical support.
1) listen and recognize the sound and put up your hands, when you hear it.
2) listen and count how many times you heard the sound.
3) listen the pair of words and identify whether the sounds in both are similar and put up your hands.
4) listen to the sentences and put up hands when you hear the rise (fall, fall-rise).
5) listen to the sentence and count pauses between words (count stressed words).
1) In the list of words underline those, which are pronounced by the teacher.
2) listen and underline the stressed words. Indicate pauses with vertical lines.
3) Underline the words where the teacher’s voice goes up (down).
Exercises of the 2nd group are based on a principle of similarity, they perform the function of practicing. If they are based on the principle of opposition, they perform the function of the assessment.
We usually use memory chained drills, just chance, verses, rhymes, tongue-twisters, songs, dialogues. Dialogues and contextualized exercises are very good for pronunciation practice, because they are need for real communication and show the importance of correct pronunciation in order to understand and to be understood. A very important source for individualized practice is the language laboratory which promotes autonomy for the students and helps them to monitor their own mistakes by comparing their own performance against the modal.