Thursday, August 16, 2007

Steps for Teaching Past Tense Pronunciation

When I teach my ESL students how to pronounce regular past tense verbs (those ending in "-ed," I follow a step-by-step process.

Here are the steps I follow:

1) First, I teach the concept of voicing, or voiced and unvoiced sounds (aka voiceless sounds).

2) Next, I teach how to pronounce /t/ and /d/.

3) Finally, I teach the rules for which past tense verbs end with /t/, /d/, and /id/ sounds.

I find that that this methodical approach works best to help my ESL students really learn past tense pronunciation. It takes more time, but I find it very effective.

Here's more info on English Past Tense Pronunciation.


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