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ESL Pronunciation Practice - Alphabet Radio Game

Matthew W. Blake (Shanghai, China)

Teacher Notes  

It's important that the students are familiar with the alphabet song.  This Alpha-to-Zulu way of spelling out letters (for the benefit of those communicating by radio, primarily) has proven quite useful in my classes.  When you ask a student to spell a word, they spell it using this system and confusion with letters which rhyme (such as B, C, D, E, G, P, T, V, Z [in American English]) can be avoided.

Introduction – 10 Minutes

Building the Lesson - 15 Minutes

The words for each letter are:

Main Activity - 15 Minutes

Extension: If the class is smaller than 26 students, give the best student two letters and
two words.

Conclusion - 5 Minutes

The Internet TESL Journal, Vol. XI, No. 12, December 2005