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I take it you already know of tough and bough and cough and dough... Others may stumble, but not you, on hiccough, thorough, slough, and through. Well done! And now you wish, perhaps, to learn of less familiar traps? Beware of heard, a dreadful word that looks like beard and sounds like bird. And dead: it's said like bed, not bead; for goodness' sake, don't call it deed! Watch out for meat and great and threat, they rhyme with suite and straight and debt. A moth is not


When teaching children how to read using a phonic teaching programme there are various elements which need to be clearly understood. This article focuses on how to teach children the various different vowel sounds.


There are several factors that underlie the effective teaching of pronunciation such as age, exposure to the target language, prior second language instruction, aptitude, attitude and motivation. Age in particular plays an important role in acquiring a native-like accent in second language acquisition.


English is not an easy language to learn. Even ESL students who have a background of two or more languages often find English to be rather confusing and difficult to learn. However, it is the pronunciation that trips most students up.


Phonics is a method of teaching a child to read by learning the sounds of each letter and sounding them out to form words. The method has been widely adopted in the United States for decades to teach beginning readers.


Many years ago, a presenter at an ESL conference I attended began his stimulating, and very memorable, presentation with a ten minute mini lesson in . . . Thai! The audience of ESL teachers, syllabus planners and curriculum designers was stunned, but the point was effectively made: Learning correct pronunciation and intonation in a foreign language is not as simple as ESL teachers seem to think!