7 Tips for Targeting Consonant Sounds

It took me long enough, but I finally decided to create an overview of the 24 consonant sounds in English. The YouTube lesson is just over 15 minutes, and I include some insights and additional resources for learners at the end. I had created a whole playlist for American English vowel sounds back in 2011,…

Rethinking How We Categorize Consonant Sounds

Click here to listen to this post. [Link to today’s handout is below.] In an effort to help a learner master the consonant sounds in English, I recently decided to rename the traditional consonant groupings based on the manner of articulation. Why? I question if the textbook terminology has real value for a student who has no background in linguistics…

Tips and Tricks for Teaching Consonant Sounds

What tips and tricks have you come up with to teach consonant sounds? You may recall my advice to involve the sense of touch during the instruction of phonemes. Have you made any discoveries since that posting backin 2009? Here are two ideas I’d like to share: The /h/ sound. Another teacher recently asked me…