ESL Pronunciation Practice - Alphabet Radio GameMatthew W. Blake (Shanghai, China)
- Speaking, listening
- Basic level
- Children (5-7)
- Alphabet flashcards (A-Z); Copies of radio handout.; blackboard
- 45 minutes
- Students should be familiar with the alphabet.
- To practice the English alphabet and practice the sounds of
letter in a fun and interesting way
Introduction – 10 Minutes
- Sing the "Alphabet song" with the class. Repeat.
- Teacher uses the alphabet flashcards and goes over the alphabet with the children. A flashcard is shown, the teacher says the letter, and the students then say it. This is repeated for each letter.
- Students then practice the alphabet with a partner.
- Student then all stand up and meet 5 classmates. When they pair up, they will play the 'rock, scissors, paper' game. If they lose, they will say the alphabet to this partner.
Building the Lesson - 15 Minutes
- In order to assist each student with their pronunciation, the teacher will use the flashcards A-Z, but after each letter will add a word.
- Students then repeat the words after the teacher. Repeat
the words three times.
Main Activity - 15 Minutes
- Give out the handout.
- The handout is a piece of paper with an image of a walky-talky.
- You can make your own handout using this image or a similar
- Give each student one letter and one word to write on their handout. (For example, the first student gets A – alpha)
- Students then play 'rock, scissors, paper game' with other students. The winner of the game will say the letter and then the word on their hand-out and move on.
- When a student says their word 10 times they sit down.
Extension: If the class is smaller than 26 students, give the best student two letters and
Conclusion - 5 Minutes
- Teacher sings the alphabet song with the students.
- Students save their “walkie talkie" worksheets for possible later use.
The Internet TESL Journal, Vol. XI, No. 12, December 2005