Sound matters: /j/ and /dʒ/

This lesson focuses on the distinction between the two phonemes at the beginning of the words ‘yet’ and ‘jet’.

Adrian Tennant

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Exercise 1

  • On the board write up the following two words: jet /ʤet/ and yet /jet/.
  • 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 seven sentences. The students’ task is to listen and decide which word they hear.
  • Get students to read the seven 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. yobs; 2. yams; 3. jail; 4. jet; 5. use; 6. year; 7. joke

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