Interesting websites for pronunciation practice
This page used some information from Sunburst Media's Pronunciation Web Resources, a very comprehensive list at http://www.sunburstmedia.com/PronWeb.html, as a basis for this much shorter list. The goal is to focus on sites that are good and easy for students to use.
Okanaga's English Pronunciation at
has a series of activities. Start with the introduction, then try the
tongue twisters and dictation exercises. It works on th sounds, l and r, long e and short i, s/sh/ch, j and zh,
v and w, and short a and short e.
Diphthong Calculator by Steve Chadwick is at http://www.stuff.co.uk/calcul_nd.htm. This lets you put vowel sounds together to end up with a dipthong.
The American Speechsounds website has some
free activities, as well as support for SpeechCom software and online help for language learners. Some help is free,
but more detailed advice is available for a fee.
Adam Rado's English Learning Fun Center is a commercial site, but you can try some pronunciation activities at http://www.elfs.com/MMz.html for free. To get more, you need to sign up for a free subscription.
You can sing along with Online Karaoke at http://www.karaokeplay.com/. This requires a free registration. You can save your singing and have it rated by others online - a little competition and interaction.
Charles Kelly's American English Pronunciation Practice has a number of minimal pairs and other practice lessons at http://www.manythings.org/pp/. They require Flash v4 or higher to run. Students will need to select the appropriate lesson from the list. Included are practice lessons minimal pairs, using mp3 files, as well as tongue twisters and a couple of songs.
Eva Easton offers a number of interesting pronunciation exercises at http://evaeaston.com/. They require the RealAudio player. Try these to start:
All of these give you lots of phrases to try to say. Work with a
friend or a pronunciation assistant! Try the 1st International Collection
of Tongue Twisters by Michael Reck at
http://www.uebersetzung.at/twister/en.htm for more tongue twisters
than you ever wanted. See if there are some twisters in your own language,
Find more tongue twisters and information about alliteration at http://www.eslpartyland.com/articles/tongue-twisters.html
The English Pronunciation Test at http://pauillac.inria.fr/~xleroy/stuff/english-pronunciation.html will drive you crazy if you work on it too long. Use it little by little, and try to see the joke!
David Dalton's ITESL-J article, Some
Techniques for Teaching Pronunciation, offers classroom activities
Deborah's 12-Step Pronunciation Program - a nod to the masters of psychology and self-help.