English Pronunciation Can Be A Big Problem For Some Esl Students

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English pronunciation can be a big problem for some ESL students. In my experience as a teacher of English for primary stage, a student whose native language is Arabic has some difficulties in English pronunciation either by replacing or adding or mispronouncing sounds. These are some errors that were noticed for a group of Egyptian learners of English as a foreign language in a governmental elementary school .
Mispronouncing the "th":
Students pronounce "th" as /s/ when it should be pronounced as /θ/ in words like "think". Or /z/ when it should be pronounced as /ð/ for example, "there".
I usually go over the differences between the four types of sounds and ask my students to place their tongue between their teeth when pronouncing /θ/ or /ð/.
Pronouncing Schwa:
The schwa is a sound that is typical in unstressed syllables, for example in long words like b(a)nana, less(o)n or shorter ones like th(e) or t(o). The usual mistake is for students to pronounce the word syllable by syllable:[ba-na-na], and pronouncing the vowel "o" in [lesson]. I usually tend to pronounce the words and ask them to repeat after me or ask them to listen to a talking dictionary and repeat after it. pronouncing the magic "e":
Some students may split words like "note" and "pile" into two syllables: no-te and pi-le. That is almost because in Arabic, each letter represents only one sound. No letter is silent as it happens in English. I overcame this problem by playing a video with a song about…

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