Teaching letter discrimination to 3rd grade Chinese students

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Teaching letter discrimination to 3rd grade Chinese students

Unread postby haopengyou » 21 Feb 2013, 08:10

I am teaching grade 3 Chinese students. I gave them a dictation this morning - only requiring them to write down the letters as I spell them, and not to know how to spell words - and find a number of common problems with all of them. For example, "m" and "n" - half of the students do not hear the difference. "g" and "j" are also difficult for them. "b" and "p" and "e" - all having the same sound.

Any suggestions for helping them? I think this problem is going to haunt them unless it is corrected.
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Re: Teaching letter discrimination to 3rd grade Chinese stud

Unread postby Josef » 22 Feb 2013, 17:11

This may not help directly but you can find lists of minimal pairs on EnglishClub. For example, this page lists final m and n:
http://www.englishclub.com/pronunciatio ... rs-m-n.htm
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Re: Teaching letter discrimination to 3rd grade Chinese stud

Unread postby Alex Case » 23 Feb 2013, 07:30

Do you mean pronunciation of the alphabet (/ei/ for A, /bi:/ for B etc)? If so, these other resources on TEFL.net's sister site might also help:
http://edition.englishclub.com/esl-acti ... unciation/
http://edition.englishclub.com/tefl-art ... -alphabet/
http://www.englishclub.com/pronunciatio ... phabet.htm
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