Pit Pat Putt: a pronunciation game

pronunciation gameI found this pronunciation game on The Internet TESL Journal and it has proved useful on many occasions as a way of drawing attention to and practicing vowel sounds.

When to play

After identifying a problem with students awareness of vowel sounds.

How to play

Choose ten one syllable words that begin and end with the same consonant. Here are some example sets. choose a set that includes the vowel sounds that the class is having a problem with.

Pit Pat Put Putt Port Pert Part Pet Pot Peat

Cut Court Cute Cat Kit Cot Cart Coat Kite Coot Kurt

But Bet Bat Bit Bought Bait Beat Bite Bot Boat But Bert

Ten Tan Ton Tune Teen Tone Torn Turn Tin Tyne

Write the numbers 0 to 9 across the board and underneath each number write one of the words.

0        1       2        3…

Bet    Bat    But     Beat…

Drill the words with the class until the students can recognise and reproduce the different sounds.

Tell students that you are now going to give them your telephone number.

Read your number from the board but instead of giving them the number, give them the representative word. Ask the students to repeat your number back to you and point out any mistakes and practice further.

Ask students to make up their own seven digit telephone number and then write it down along with it’s partnering words.

E.g. 0 Bet, 1 But, 4 Bat, 2 Bite, 5 Beat, 0 Bet, 9 Bert

Students then give their number to their neighbours who must decipher each word and write down the appropriate number. Students then compare the numbers and identify where  any problems lie.

The activity can then be repeated with different partners until improvement begins to be made.

3 thoughts on “Pit Pat Putt: a pronunciation game

  1. I’ve tried this with a couple of groups and it works really well. We also extended it to other difficult words such as, leaf, live, leave and life…. and other consonant ends b, t d and p for an intermediate group to cover all the letters in the alphabet. Using song titles as the game…. it worked really well. My song was Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious….

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