Pronunciation Terminology Quiz

A TEFL quiz for TEFL teachers

You can do this quiz online or print it on paper. It tests your understanding of terms in the TEFL Glossary that are related to pronunciation.

1. A sound that involves vibration of the glottis is a _____ sound.

voicing
voiced
voiceless
a) voicing b) voiced c) voiceless

2. Glottal stops are sounds made by momentarily closing the glottis and then releasing the air, as in

Uh-oh!
Yum!
Shoosh!
a) Uh-oh! b) Yum! c) Shoosh!

3. An affricate is a sound characterized by a "stop" followed immediately by a "fricative". Which is an example?

chair
cook
ate
a) chair b) cook c) ate

4. A plosive is a sound like /t/ in "top" characterized by a sudden _____ of air.

intake
blockage
burst
a) intake b) blockage c) burst

5. Aspiration is defined as pronunciation that involves a release of

breath
sound
vocals
a) breath b) sound c) vocals

6. A diphthong is a combination of _____ vowel sounds within the same syllable.

three
two
many
a) three b) two c) many

7. A velar is a ______ that's pronounced by touching the back of the tongue to the soft palate, such as /c/ in "can".

vowel
consonant
syllable
a) vowel b) consonant c) syllable

8. A group of consonants without a vowel (such as "spl" in "splinter") is a

consonant string
consonant grouping
consonant cluster
a) consonant string b) consonant grouping c) consonant cluster

9. A consonant sound formed by using both lips (such as /m/ in "mine") is

an alveolar
a diphthong
a bilabial
a) an alveolar b) a diphthong c) a bilabial

10. Which is formed by touching the tip of the tongue to the spot where the gum line meets the upper teeth (as in /t/ or /d/)?

an alveolar
a diphthong
a bilabial
a) an alveolar b) a diphthong c) a bilabial

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