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Learn about the challenges our Chinese students have with the voiceless 'th' sound and how bingo is a fun way to help them practice their pronunciation.

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Comment by Rob Hatt on December 6, 2014 at 11:53am

Hi Emma, great stuff! This has to be an ongoing focus for all teachers in China, but one that we can easily become blind to. This video - very clearly laid out and easy to follow - will go a long way to helping us all stay focussed and have some real success in the classroom. Thanks for sharing!

Comment by Laura Wilkes on December 4, 2014 at 9:08am

Hi Emma. I'm posting feedback from Chris:

I think your explanation was accurate and complete. You organised your video with a logical progression. I like the fact that you tried to elicit the pronunciation before giving a model. From your elictating it became clear that their was a problem and you addressed it well. Did the kids give each other much feedback? I found it difficult to hear their conversations.

Comment by Min Lin on December 3, 2014 at 5:34pm

Hey Emma I like that you prepared the students one more time by testing them before letting them do it themselves. The scaffolding is well done!

Comment by Laura Wilkes on December 2, 2014 at 7:39pm

Hi Emma, 

Fab introduction and summary that clearly outlines the aims of your presentation.You deliver what you promise by looking at the problems 'th' presents to our Chinese students and then demonstrating how learners can be engaged in practicing this sound with a fun bingo activity. It's great that you show how phonology can be integrated into classes through tasks and games. The way you grouped learners for the bingo game meant that they all had the opportunity to practice their listening and speaking skills as well as reading while working as a team. By conducting this activity in smaller groups instead of as a whole class meant that you created more opportunities for learners to practice. It also enabled you to monitor actively and support learners' progress. Fantastic work!

A point to note, if you use this activity in a phonology exam, be ready for the examiner to go on and ask questions about the place, manner of articulation of consonants and their voiced/unvoiced qualities. It's a good idea to bring a diagram of the mouth or use an interactive diagram on your phone to demonstrate this to the examiner. If you have this prepared and engage the examiner in your awesome bingo game, they will be very impressed indeed :)

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