Game ideas for teaching phonetics
Teacher cuts out the sound cards with pictures corresponding to the sounds to be taught. First pre-teach the sounds using the Powerpoint or videos or simply use the free BBC phonetics chart for the game which shows the symbols and all you do is click to hear. Separate the picture cards from the IPA flashcard symbols. Stick the IPA symbols to one side of the class and the pictures on the other side in random order. Say the sound and students run to the sound , touch it and repeat. Then they run to the other half of the class and touch a word with that sound missing and say the word. For example: the teacher says the sound /t§/ and students touch the card with the IPA symbol and repeat the sound. Then run and touch the word /Chair/ on the other side of the class and say : /Chair/ has the sound /t§/ . Listen carefully for mistakes. Mmistakes should reduce points from each team.
Chinese whispers is another good game for teaching pronunciation. I usually do this with sentences from tongue twisters. You can also do it with words, or individual sounds. The teacher splits the class into two teams or more which line up. Then the teacher whispers a word into the ears of the first students in each line. The student then whispers the words to the next student in the line on their team. They keep whispering until the whisper gets to the last person on the line. The last person has to say what was whispered. The teacher asks the last in each group to say the word or sentence out loud. If it is correct the team gets a point. If wrong, half the point. This game works for all levels.You can increase or reduce the difficulty depending on the levels of the students.
With the mouthing game, the teacher starts by spliting the class into two or more teams. The teacher mouths a word, sound or sentence and while doing so, the students look at his mouth and guess what the teacher is saying. A correct guess scores a point. Close guess half a point.