Word mazes are great for teaching pronunciation

word mazesWord mazes are a form of puzzle where students must follow the correct sequence of words to make their way from the start of the maze to the finish.

Word stress mazes

Being aware of syllable stress is crucial for helping non-native English speakers to improve their pronunciation and comprehensibility. These word-stress mazes get student grappling with stressed syllables.

Silent letter word maze

Use this maze to help make students more aware of combinations of letters which usually contain an unpronounced letter.

Grammar word mazes

10 thoughts on “Word mazes are great for teaching pronunciation

  1. Hello! My students really enjoyed the word stress mazes, until they found an error! In the three-syllable word maze, the word frustrating does not have the oOo stress pattern. Perhaps you could update the maze with another word. Thanks!

      1. Hi Andrew, I teach in the United States and we say ‘frustrating’ with the emphasis on the first syllable. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/frustrating I was unaware of this particular American/British pronunciation difference. I try to tell my students of some of the differences (the way Americans say ‘schedule’ is different from the British pronunciation). It’s interesting that the word in question is frustrating — this is frustrating!! Anyway, I’ll use the mazes again, and just choose another word. I love your website; lots of great ideas! Thank you!

  2. Hello! My students really enjoyed the word stress mazes, until they found an error! In the three-syllable word maze, the word frustrating does not have the oOo stress pattern. Perhaps you could update the maze with another word. Thanks!

    1. Hi Andrew, I teach in the United States and we say ‘frustrating’ with the emphasis on the first syllable. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/frustrating I was unaware of this particular American/British pronunciation difference. I try to tell my students of some of the differences (the way Americans say ‘schedule’ is different from the British pronunciation). It’s interesting that the word in question is frustrating — this is frustrating!! Anyway, I’ll use the mazes again, and just choose another word. I love your website; lots of great ideas! Thank you!

      1. Thanks for writing back Lisa and thanks for the nice words. I’ll swap Frustrating for another word as soon as I get the chance.

  3. I just apprised my student of the same difference in stress. FRUStrating in AE!! But the rest of the game is a good exercise! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Lorraine,

      Thanks for the nice feedback. I thought I had changed it but evidently not. Thanks for letting me know. I have now definitely swapped out ‘frustrating’ for a less controversial substitute.

  4. Hi! My students really enjoyed the silent letter maze. I was going to use the “do or make” maze but on the answer key, “a drawing” is marked as the correct answer. At that point in the maze, I don’t see any words that could be used with ‘do’.is this an error?

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the silent letter maze. I’m pretty confident that do a drawing is quite normal, at least in British English. If you google that phrase you’ll find lots of matches.

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