Friday, July 6, 2012

Pronunciation: The return of the schwa!

A2, B1, B2

Our post of 29th October 2010 explained that the schwa was the most common sound in the English language. Understanding it is important for your listening comprehension, and it can also help your pronunciation. In this exercise from the BBC Learning English site, you will do some more exercises to practise this sound. Activity time: 15 to 35 minutes.

Task: 1  Read the introduction (3 parts) and listen to the example words and sentences. Repeat what you hear.
2  Open the pdf and do the two exercises on pages 2 and 3.
3  Open the mp3 audio file and listen to the pronunciation of the words and phrases from 2.  Repeat what you hear. Does the pronunciation correspond to your answers in 2?
4  Check your answers on pages 4 and 5 of the pdf.

Go to the introduction here.
Go to the pdf exercises here.
Go to the mp3 audio file here.




Thursday, July 5, 2012

Expressions: Asking and giving tourist advice

A2,  B1


In this activity from the Blair English site, you will learn and practise some expressions for asking and giving advice about things to do on holidays or business trips. Activity time: 10 to 30 minutes

Task: 1 Read the model conversation: "Visiting a different country" 2 Complete the expressions in the quiz that follows. Then click on the button at the end of the exercise to check your answers.  

(If you're using the "Chrome" browser, you can hear all the expressions, after completing the quiz. Just click on the "Pronunciation" button )



Go to the activity here