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Links to practice English sounds and pronunciation:


 

Diagnostic: 

Pronunciation Diagnostic (Advanced)
http://eslactivities.com/pt/index.php
The Perception of Spoken English (POSE) Test is a diagnostic test or tool being designed to help teachers and learners of English as a Second or Foreign Language to discover specific problem areas in the perception of spoken English. 

 

Segmentals (Vowels and Consonants): 

Phonetic Videos
http://soundsofspeech.uiowa.edu
Shows how sounds are pronounced in English. Do not worry about technical linguistics terms; just follow site to find sounds you need to practice. Also available as an app. 

Segmentals: Sounds of American English
http://soundsofspeech.uiowa.edu
This site contains animations, explanations, diagrams and videos of how to produce American English sounds. 

MSU American Vowel Sounds
http://tap.msu.edu/team/online/Default.aspx
This site contains a clear diagram of American vowel sounds, as well as exercises and audio recordings of sounds of minimal pairs.

American Consonants Sounds
http://www.msu.edu/~teamprog/cons_intro.htm#rl
This site has a clear basic diagram of American English consonant sounds, then examples and exercises for each consonant sound. It also includes commonly mispronounced consonant minimal pairs, then exercises, and finally a quiz for listening discrimination. 

Sound Endings
http://www.soundsofenglish.org/activities/ex1.htm
This site provides practice listening to final sounds. Fun games and activities. Can be done with a partner. 

 

Suprasegmentals: 

Word Stress
http://www.soundsofenglish.org/pronunciation/suprasegmentals/index.html
This site has a good explanation and audio examples of common word stress patterns. Fun games and activities, too.

Sounds of English
http://www.soundsofenglish.org/hollys_corner/topics/wordstress.htm
This site has aural comprehension practice with common word stress patterns. To practice, type the syllable that is stressed into the blank.

Rachel’s English
http://www.rachelsenglish.com/say-hello-greet-americans/
A great site for self-paced pronunciation work.

Sounds of English
http://www.soundsofenglish.org/hollys_corner/hot_potatoes/wordstresspatterns1.htm
This site has aural comprehension practice with identifying syllable stress.

Pronunciation Around the World
http://www.forvo.com
This site provides user-submitted word pronunciations from around the world.

Word Lists
http://www.soundsofenglish.org/hollys_corner/hot_potatoes/syllable_scramble1.htm
This site provides exercises for identifying the number of syllables in a word.

Syllable Scrabble
http://www.soundsofenglish.org/hollys_corner/hot_potatoes/syllable_scramble2.htm
This site provides exercises for identifying the number of syllables in a word.   

Sentence Stress Rules
http://www.englishclub.com/pronunciation/sentence-stress-rules.htm
This site provides an explanation of sentence stress and rhythm with British native speaker models. There are no practice activities.  

Sentence Stress Practice
http://esl.about.com/od/speakingadvanced/a/timestress.htm
This site provides an explanation of rhythm, stress, and timing. It also has links to practice activities.  

Sound Scripting Practice
http://esl.about.com/od/speakingadvanced/a/scripting.htm
This site provides “sound-scripting” practice with audio of a native speaker. There is a focus on content over function. Warning: very ad heavy. 

Word Practice (Advanced) 
http://esl.about.com/library/speaking/blpronounce_stress_words1.htm
This site gives explanation of content vs. function words and some practice with audio examples.

More Sentence Stress (Advanced)
http://esl.about.com/library/speaking/blpronounce_stress_words2.htm
This site provides sentence stress practice. Good for academic use, especially among CAELC students. 

Computerized Speech Simulator
http://text-to-speech.imtranslator.net/speech.asp
This site allows a user to write a sentence in English and then hear a computer-generated speech sample. Fun site for anyone to use at home.  

Intonation
http://www.manythings.org/lar/
This site provides intonation practice. Users can listen and repeat intonation patterns. Warning: Can be hard to get this to load consistently.

Rhythm
http://www.englishclub.com/pronunciation/sentence-stress-rules.htm
This site provides an explanation of sentence stress and rhythm with British native speaker models.

American Accent
http://www.americanaccent.com/index.html
This company provides accent training with American English. Also contains helpful grammar tips.

Reductions
http://www.soundsofenglish.org/hollys_corner/hot_potatoes/unstress_cloze1.htm
This site provides practice with reductions. Listen to the speech samples and complete the missing words in the sentences.

Can vs. Can’t Practice
http://www.soundsofenglish.org/hollys_corner/hot_potatoes/can_cloze1.htm
This site provides practice with the “can” and “can’t” distinction.

 

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