Sound matters: /i:/ and /ɪ/

This lesson focuses on the distinction between the vowel sounds (phonemes) /i:/and/ɪ/

Author: Adrian Tennant

This activity was first published on onestopenglish.com

Exercise 1

  • On the board write up the following two words: ship /ʃɪp/ and sheep /ʃi:p/.
  • Ask a few students to pronounce the two words.
  • If you need to model the words and make sure students can hear the difference.
  • Explain that you will play a recording with eight sentences. The students’ task is to listen and decide which word they hear.
  • Get students to read the eight sentences on the worksheet.
  • Play the recording and get students to circle the word they hear.
  • Put students in pairs and have them check.

Key: 1 fill; 2 beans; 3 heat; 4 slipping; 5 pick; 6 sit; 7 leave; 8 peach

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