Minimal Pair English Pronunciation Pyramids | ESL ELL Newcomer Activity

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11th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education
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Minimal Pair Pronunciation Pyramids are a classic ESL activity for listening practice. Use these pyramids as an assessment or cool-down activity to focus students on comparing English sounds. With a base set of 48 minimal pairs you'll be able to use these as pronunciation targets for any language group. Be sure to check out the preview!

Using the pyramids in class couldn't be easier! Simply hand out the pyramids and, starting at the top tier of the pyramid, dictate one of the two words. Students circle the word they hear. Gradually work down the pyramid until you arrive at a number at the bottom. Ask students what number they ended on and see how accurately they listened! Up the ante on this activity by preparing a list of sentences so students have to catch the words in context. This is also great for small groups and pair work! Laminate the cards, use whiteboard markers, and you'll have an engaging classroom resource available at a moment's notice!

With a total of 96 pyramids, there are 48 minimal pair sets. Each minimal pair has five word sets and two pyramid activities. Also included are charts and a color-coded Table of Contents for quickly accessing the worksheets you need. Be sure to check out the preview to see all this set has to offer!

This activity set is compatible with the Minimal Pair Flash Cards and Minimal Pair Exit Tickets available in Donald's English Classroom. Click here to see the full lineup! Be sure to check out my blog post, Teaching Pronunciation.

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