- Play the sentences again.
- Pause after each sentence and ask the students to repeat.
- Ask students to look at each set of words.
- Play the recording and ask students to underline the /ʊ/ or /u:/ sound in each word.
- Play the recording again and ask students to circle the word in each group that has a different sound from the other two words.
- Check in pairs and then as a class.
- Finally, practise saying the words.
Key: 1. a) boot; 2. b) group; 3. c) good; 4. c) push; 5. b) pull; 6. a) uranium. Note: Most words that start with the letter ‘u’, start with the sound /ʌ/.
1. a) boot b) book c) wood 2. a) would b) group c) could 3. a) fool b) pool c) good 4. a) new b) shoe c) push 5. a) two b) pull c) new 6. a) uranium b) use c) unit
- Ask students to read the tongue twister while you play the recording.
- Play the recording again stopping after each line and ask students to repeat what they hear.
- Ask students to say the tongue twister.
- Play the recording again with the students saying it at the same time.
- Divide the board into two columns. Put the /ʊ/ phoneme at the top of the left column and put the /u:/ phoneme at the top of the right.
- Give each student a card with a word written on it (or you could do this as a dictation activity if you don’t have time to prepare the cards).
- Ask students to come up to the board and put their word in the correct column. Ideas for word cards: too, June, full, fool, Tuesday, shoe, boot, wolf, include, etc.