Bingo - All English PhonemesQuick View

Bingo - All English Phonemes

Set of 20 cards covering all English phonemes. For details see .doc file.This set just exercises all phonemes at least once. It would be possible to make a similar set drilling any particular set of minimal pairs. If you can't wait for me to get around to it, tweet me (@BobK99).Update 26 Nov 2012 11.00 - trivial aesthetic tweaksUpdate 21 Oct 2013 - NEW GUIDE I&'ve just noticed I&';d omitted an /?:/ word. Update:28 Apr 2014 - artwork now fits guide.
BobK
6 diphthongs - IPAQuick View

6 diphthongs - IPA

Page one presents 6 diphthongs with their IPA transcriptions, and proceeds to a number of self-explanatory recognition/substitution exercises. Page two lists a number of words that are used in the intro to the Market Leader upper-int DVD (which comes attached to the Teacher’s edn – ISBN 1-405-81345-8). Any other audio file might be used, but you’d need to rewrite page two so that it lists words used in the new source. The words are selected from words that use the 6 diphthongs presented on page one, and are listed in the order used in the DVD.
BobK
Happy families ELT cards - EI familiesQuick View

Happy families ELT cards - EI families

Game like Hap Fams (Am. – Go Fish). Families of 4 depict words that use common spellings to produce diff sounds. Player ask another p'r for a partic 'fam mem' (every card bears the IPA transcr. of all mmbrs) – etc. The ‘families’ are words that share a vowel sound, so that ‘weight’ is in the same family as ‘hate’ rather than ‘height’. Class size is a problem. But in classes where the sets of cards are too small, two or more can be combined – leading to productive ‘clashes’ between, for example, ‘treasure’ in the EA pack and ‘leisure’ in the EI pack. Update:IPA fixed
BobK
'3 in a row' exercise for simple calculationsQuick View

'3 in a row' exercise for simple calculations

Created for adult beginners Portuguese - but only a few words need adjusting for other langs. For pairwork. Ss try to get '3 in a row' by answering questions (calculations: +/-/x/÷ ) occupying each square of board.
BobK
Wenn diag. - refln on role of dbl ltrs - gist compQuick View

Wenn diag. - refln on role of dbl ltrs - gist comp

This i's just my reflection on links between some words that use double letters. This could be used as a handout, prompting further dictionary work and the development of 'gist' comprehension for advanced students (widening of awareness of lexical tendencies).
BobK
Stop + gerund or to-infinitive: OHP slide or h/oQuick View

Stop + gerund or to-infinitive: OHP slide or h/o

The picture demonstrates the big difference between 'I stopped to talk to Richard' (the speaker thinks 'Oh good, there's Richard') and 'I stopped talking to Richard' (he thinks 'Oh God, there's Richard'). (If used as a hand-out - unless with a colour copier - you'll lose the colour [which is not critically meaning-bearing]).
BobK
Sample BNC searchesQuick View

Sample BNC searches

BNC is a very useful resource - my favourite interface is this one. These files show the output (tidied up a bit for ease of presentation). Each file gives the search string used, which makes it easier to 'roll your own'.
BobK
Very simple bingo: nos. 1-6Quick View

Very simple bingo: nos. 1-6

12 cards (4 per file). Originally created for adult beginnera (Portuguese) but suited for any loanguage at a lower level.
BobK
Web resource mapping UA digraphs to soundsQuick View

Web resource mapping UA digraphs to sounds

Start by opening BVAV-D-UA.HTM. The resource maps from the spelling 'ua' to the many sounds it can represent,, with links to the online Macmillan English Dictionary. Chiefly Br English, with very occasional reference to American English. As with other such resources (all digraphs ending with U - see my other resources) you need TECHPHON.TTF to make this work. But TESconnect doesn't let me apload it, so you must let Google be your friend! For some reason FF can't handle a schwa in a header, although it can in text. Go figure - try anoth4er browser (IE works)
BobK
Consonants - IPAQuick View

Consonants - IPA

This resource introduces the consonants used in Br Eng, then gives a transcription of the vowels used in a short extract (29 secs) taken from the first of the pieces covered in the Market Leader upper-int Teacher's edn (the DVD that comes with ISBN 1-405-81345-8). S listens and relistens to the DVD and adds consonants in the gaps beteen the vowel symbols provided.. It would be possible to rewrite this to fit another audio resource.
BobK
Web resource mapping AU digraphs  to soundsQuick View

Web resource mapping AU digraphs to sounds

Updated 2011.08.19.20.20 This res maps from AU digraphs to the many diff sounds it can represent, with comprehensive examples linked to the online Macmillan English Dictionary. (Main ref is Br Eng, w v occ ref to Am Eng.) Download the htm files to your PC. You also need to download and install the Techphonetic font. Unfortunately, TESconnect doesn't let me upload the TFF file, so you'll have to get this from the web: TCHPHON.TTF. Start at BVAV-D-AU.htm. (One file is not specific to this digraph, but deals with the principles underlying the selection of examples.)
BobK
Happy Families ELT cards - EA familiesQuick View

Happy Families ELT cards - EA families

Game like Happy Families (Am. – Go Fish). Families of 4 (possibly follow the French model, with 7 families of 6 – tbc, 8 families of 4 for the time being). Player asks another player for a partic 'family member' (every card bears the IPA transcr. of all mmbrs) – etc. The ‘families’ are words that share a vowel sound, so that ‘weight’ is in the same family as ‘hate’ rather than ‘height’. Class size is a problem. But in classes where the sets of cards are too small, two or more can be combined – leading to productive ‘clashes’ between, for example, ‘treasure’/‘leisure’.
BobK
Make and Do collocationsQuick View

Make and Do collocations

List of collocations with brief usage notes (with special ref to near-misses such as 'Make an impression on someone&' and &';Do an impression of someone'). (Ss will need to use a dictionary for extra info about meanings. I&'m sure this will lead to the extension of the list!) Note - this is not an activity. It is simply a list - hence no attention to presentation. Latest update 12 Nov, 2012
BobK
40-card bingo set: nos. 1-99Quick View

40-card bingo set: nos. 1-99

Created for a Spanish class of adult beginners, but suitable at lower levels for any EFL/ESOL/MFL class. 10 cards in each of 4 files.
BobK
Web res. mpng: UO digraphs  to snds & linking fileQuick View

Web res. mpng: UO digraphs to snds & linking file

Updated 2011.08.26.09.45 HTML files to map from this digraph to sounds. Download all files to one folder. You also need to install TCHPHON.TTF (which I can't upload). Start at BVAV-D-UO.htm if you want only the OU info. I have also included a linking file that requires all the fies in this and the 8 other resources of this kind that I've already posted. If you use this, make sure you've downloaded all these resources and then open BVAV-wip-allU.htm
BobK
Web resource mapping EU digraphs to soundsQuick View

Web resource mapping EU digraphs to sounds

This resource maps from EU digraphs to the many different sounds it can represent, with comprehensive examples linked to the online Macmillan English Dictionary. (Note: the main reference is to Br Eng, with very occasional reference to Am Eng.) Download the htm files to your PC. You also need to download and install the Techphonetic font. Unfortunately, TESconnect doesn't let me upload the TFF file, so you'll have to get this from the web: TCHPHON.TTF. Start at BVAV-D-EU.htm.
BobK
Web res. mpng: UU digraphs  to snds & linking fileQuick View

Web res. mpng: UU digraphs to snds & linking file

Started before Macm pulled out of ELTONs. If you want more, tell me. This res. maps from UU digraphs to the diff sounds it can repres., w/ egs linked to the Macm Eng Dicty. D/ld htm files to your PC. TESconnect doesn't let me upl the TFF file, so you'll need this from the web: TCHPHON.TTF. The addnl file links to all the other BVAV files. D/ld both files to the same fldr as all the others, and open BVAV-D-endU.htm . You do not need the extra copy of BVAV-SelectionPrinciples.htm included with both the AU files and the OU files.
BobK
7 pronunciations for OUGH - graphicQuick View

7 pronunciations for OUGH - graphic

Diagram showing he seven pronunciations that OUGH can represent, with the main (and some not so main! - I drew the line at 'sough' and 'chough' though) examples. This should have been a jpeg, but TESconnect wouldn't upload it. Apologies for any lack of quality (And if TESconnect are listening, an error message that says more than just '500' would be helpful - I just had to keep tryiong alternatives, with no idea what was wrong).
BobK
Web resource mapping IU digraphs  to soundsQuick View

Web resource mapping IU digraphs to sounds

Updated: 2011.08.05.14.05. Main file enhanced. This resource maps from IU digraphs to the many different sounds it can represent, with comprehensive examples linked to the online Macmillan English Dictionary. (Note: the main reference is to Br Eng, with very occasional reference to Am Eng.) Download the htm files to your PC. You also need to download and install the Techphonetic font. Unfortunately, TESconnect doesn't let me upload the TFF file, so you'll have to get this from the web: TCHPHON.TTF. Start at BVAV-D-IU.htm.
BobK