This simple sheet helps students to practise their pronunciation. Information included:
In French, many words are not pronounced as we would expect! Here are a few rules to help:
• The letters “t” and “s” are not pronounced (are silent) if they are at the end of the word.
e.g. français, chat.
• The letter “h” is also silent
e.g. hôtel, hôpital.
• The letters “th” are pronounced “t”
e.g. théâtre, thé.
• If the letter “c” has a cedilla attached it is pronounced like the letter “s”
• The letters “se” at the end of a word are pronounced “z”
• the letters “ent” at the end of a word are not pronounced
e.g. ils jouent.
I first write up the words on the board and ask the students to discuss the pronunciation. Then I talk the students through the sheet and drill them. Finally I test the student's knowledge with a game of noughts and crosses in teams. I draw the grid in the board and give each square a number. Then a student chooses a square for their team and I write one of the words in the square. To win the square they must pronounce the word correctly. If they get it wrong the other team can steal the square if they pronounce the word correctly. The students love this game!