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1) 2-page printable worksheet;
2) 9-slide PowerPoint presentation.
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The worksheet includes instructions to all the listening exercises as well as some additional activities to practice spelling.
The PowerPoint presentation
The PowerPoint presentation is a great asset, not only because it will provide you with the visuals for all the activities, but also because it contains the answer key to all the exercises as well as the audio files required for several activities.
Putting it to the test
I have had the chance to use these activities many times, because I usually start every course by doing some revision work on basic topics and the alphabet is one of them. It enables me to spell some words later on, without having to use the students mother tongue. Advanced students tend to think it’s kind of childish at first, but after the 3rd exercise, which includes some symbols of the International Phonetic Alphabet (such as ‘i:’ versus ‘ɪ’), they realize they have been mispronouncing many words. Besides, many students fail on recognizing the correct sound of the first three vowels (‘a’, ‘e’ and ‘i’) when they are being spelt in real time audio files. For karaoke fans, the second page is a ‘must’.
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