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You can print out these practice sheets and use them yourself, or if you are a teacher, you can use them with your class. The important thing is for students to learn how to connect the sounds with the letters in the words.

vowel sounds

short a

long a

short e

long e

short i

long i

short o

long o

short u

long u

air

ar

aw

eer

or

ow

oy

ur

 

consonant sounds

Initial sounds are made at the beginning of the word.
v

 

Middle sounds are made in the middle of the word.
v

 

final sounds are made at the end of the word.
v

 

final sounds + word endings: plural (s) and past tense (ed)
v

 

Teachers: All of the words in these exercises are real words. (At least 99% of them are real!). I have found that these exercises are also useful when introducing new vocabulary words. For example, a student might ask you what "carve" means among the "ar" words.

Keep this in mind: I'm not an expert in the area of teaching pronunciation. It's never been the focus of my teaching because I think people develop these skills naturally; however, there are some sounds represented by particular letters that cause problems for students--especially if the alphabet in their first language is different from the Latin alphabet.

If you have suggestions for improving upon these exercises, I welcome your ideas.

Feel free to make photocopies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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