Pronunciation skills: Syllabic l

This lesson practises the pronunciation of syllabic l. Syllabic l occurs in a lot of words with the spelling ‘consonant + le’ or when the contraction ‘ll occurs after a consonant sound, as in ‘that’ll do’.

Author: Jonathan Marks

This activity was first published on onestopenglish.com.

Activity 1

  • Put students into pairs.
  • Revise the idea of a syllable by asking each pair to decide how many syllables there are in each word.
  • Students write the number of syllables in the small box next to each word. If they are unsure, say the words yourself or play the recording. Point out that the last syllables of the words single, final and syllable have a long l sound and no vowel.
Audioscript: 1. sea, 2. seat, 3. sit, 4. sitting, 5. sits, 6. sing, 7. singer, 8. single, 9. final, 10. finally, 11. syllable Key: 1. one, 2. one, 3. one, 4. two, 5. one, 6. one, 7. two, 8. two, 9. two, 10. three, 11. three
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