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Ideas for English Lessons


Tongue Twister

Subject: Phonetics


This game can be used as a phonetic exercise at the beginning of a lesson.

Skills: Speaking, Writing.

Level: A1

Recommended Age: 10+

Participants Number: 6-12 players.

Time: 15-20 minutes.

Place: Classroom.

Equipment: Board.

Materials: A piece of chalk / A marker.

Preliminary Preparation (7-10 minutes): Pick 10 simple (preferably monosyllabic) words, beginning with the sound, which you wish to train. Let us say, for the sound [t], your list may look like this:

0 - too
1 - tea
2 - tip
3 - top
4 - tall
5 - tell
6 - team
7 - time
8 - take
9 - tail

Immediate Preparation (5-7 minutes): Write the 'code' on the board and ask each player to encrypt his/her phone number, using it, e.g.:

Tail too take team top team tall top too tea

Next allow the players a few minutes to train the pronunciation.

How to Play. When everyone is ready, the players take turns to read out their 'tongue twisters'. The game lasts as long as all the 'tongue twisters' are read out. The winner is the player to better read out his/her 'tongue twister'. If necessary, you can vote.