Title: Speech Work – Vowel Sounds /i/, /i:/, and Word Identification
Grade Level: Primary 5
Term: First Term
Duration: 45 minutes
Learning Objectives: By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:
- Identify and pronounce the vowel sounds /i/ and /i:/ accurately.
- Recognize words containing these vowel sounds.
- Improve their pronunciation and phonetic skills.
- Whiteboard and markers
- List of words containing /i/ and /i:/ sounds
- Chalkboard or digital presentation tool
Identification and pronunciation of the vowel sounds /i/, /ɪ/, and /iː/.
- This sound is represented by the symbol /i/.
- It’s a high, front, unrounded vowel sound.
- To pronounce it, position your tongue close to the roof of your mouth without touching it, and make your lips unrounded.
- Example words: “beet,” “see,” “feet.”
- This sound is represented by the symbol /ɪ/.
- It’s a near-close, near-front, unrounded vowel sound.
- To pronounce it, relax your tongue slightly compared to /i/, and keep your lips unrounded.
- Example words: “bit,” “sit,” “hit.”
- This sound is represented by the symbol /iː/.
- It’s a high, front, unrounded, long vowel sound.
- To pronounce it, position your tongue similarly to /i/ but hold the sound longer.
- Example words: “beetle,” “see,” “feel.”
Practice these vowel sounds by pronouncing the example words and paying attention to the tongue and lip positions. With practice, you’ll improve your ability to identify and pronounce these sounds accurately in English words.
**1. The vowel sound /i/ is pronounced with _______ tongue position.
**2. Which of the following words contains the vowel sound /i/?
**3. The vowel sound /ɪ/ is represented by the symbol _______.
**4. To pronounce the vowel sound /ɪ/, you should _______ your tongue compared to /i/.
**5. Which word contains the vowel sound /ɪ/?
**6. The vowel sound /iː/ is _______ compared to /i/.
c) The same
**7. Which word has the vowel sound /iː/?
**8. The tongue position for /iː/ is _______ compared to /i/.
**9. The vowel sound /i/ can be found in the word _______.
**10. The vowel sound /ɪ/ can be heard in the word _______.
**11. Which word contains the vowel sound /i/?
**12. The vowel sound /ɪ/ is _______ than /iː/.
**13. Which of the following words has the vowel sound /iː/?
**14. To pronounce /ɪ/, your tongue should be _______ compared to /i/.
c) In the middle
d) To the side
**15. The vowel sound /iː/ can be found in the word _______.
Introduction (5 minutes):
- Begin by discussing the importance of clear pronunciation in effective communication.
- Explain that today’s lesson will focus on two vowel sounds, /i/ and /i:/, and identifying words containing these sounds.
Vowel Sounds /i/ and /i:/ (10 minutes):
- Write the symbols /i/ and /i:/ on the board.
- Explain that /i/ is a short, closed vowel sound (as in “sit”), and /i:/ is a long, open vowel sound (as in “seat”).
- Practice pronouncing these sounds as a class, emphasizing the difference.
Word Identification (15 minutes):
- Present a list of words containing the /i/ and /i:/ sounds on the board or through a digital presentation.
- Pronounce each word clearly, and ask students to identify which sound they hear.
- Encourage students to repeat the words after you to practice pronunciation.
- Words samples/i/ Sound:
/iː/ Sound: 6. Bee
These words demonstrate the difference between the short /i/ sound and the long /iː/ sound in English pronunciation.
Examples and Sentences (10 minutes):
- Provide examples of sentences that contain words with the target sounds.
- Ask students to read these sentences aloud, focusing on correct pronunciation.
- Discuss the meanings of the sentences to ensure comprehension.
Practice (5 minutes):
- Allow students to take turns reading sentences containing /i/ and /i:/ sounds from their textbooks or workbooks.
Conclusion (5 minutes):
- Summarize the key points of the lesson, emphasizing the importance of accurate pronunciation.
- Encourage students to practice these vowel sounds in their daily speech.
- Assign students to find and list five more words with the /i/ sound and five more words with the /i:/ sound from their reading materials.
- Assess students based on their ability to correctly identify and pronounce words containing the /i/ and /i:/ sounds during the lesson.
Note: This lesson focuses on improving students’ pronunciation skills by identifying and practicing words with specific vowel sounds. It provides a foundation for clear and effective communication in English