Developing Pronunciation Awareness Through Limericks

Hello everyone! It has been a while since you have heard from me. My wife had a baby six weeks ago and this has taken up most of my time. Baby and mummy are doing really well, so it is back work for me.

Last weekend I was invited to speak at an ELT conference in Rangoon, Burma. I had a great time talking to the wonderful local teachers there and I was really impressed with the quality of teaching.

Pagoda

As you can see, it is a beautiful city and I hope to visit again soon.

Developing Pronunciation Awareness Through Limericks

My presentation was on how to raise awareness of several pronunciation features. One of the ways of doing this is through limericks.

Limericks contain many pronunciation features such as sentence stress, rhythm, intonation, rhyming words  and many more. They also have a uniform structure which makes it easy for students to understand them. Last but not least, they are great fun to write and perform.

Lesson Plan 

I have developed a full lesson plan on how to use limericks in the classroom and this can be downloaded here. The worksheet can be downloaded here. There is also an accompanying PowerPoint presentation that can downloaded here.

Lots of the teachers at my school have tried this lesson and it always helps students raise their pronunciation awareness and by all accounts they had great fun too.

I hope you enjoy the lesson and please feel free to give me any feedback.

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