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Ideas for English Lessons


Tongue Twister

Subject: Phonetics


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

Skills: Speaking, Writing.

Level: A1

Recommended Age: 10+

Number of Participants: 4-12 players.

Time: 15-20 minutes.

Place: Classroom.

Equipment: Board.

Materials: A piece of chalk / a marker.

Preliminary Preparation (7-10 minutes). Choose 10 simple (preferably monosyllabic) words, beginning with the sound, which you wish to practise. If we consider 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). First write the 'code' on the board. Next ask each player to encrypt their phone number in their notebook, using this 'code'. It may look like this:

Tail too take team top team tall top too tea.

Next allow the players a few minutes to practise the pronunciation of their 'tongue twisters'.

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