pronunciation of h

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  • NEWTOEFLTEACHING
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    27 February, 2014 at 22:02
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    Hello

    How to explain to students (the rule) for not pronouncing the h in "to be honest"

    dan
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    28 February, 2014 at 13:38
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    Reply To: pronunciation of h

    There isn’t a rule as such – it’s much easier just to give your students the pronunciation of these words with silent "h" as they come up.

    shelleyvernon
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    4 August, 2014 at 10:38
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    Hello there,

    To have fun practising this sound use a fun game such as the ‘Feather Game’.

    With this game students have fun pronouncing the h (as in happy) and making the feather move, and keeping the feather still for ‘honest’.

    Real feathers are not much good as they often don’t move at all but anything with fluff on it works such as:

    – post it notes – easy to find!
    – pens with a fluffy ball on the end,
    – real hair works (get some from a hairdresser?)
    – candles work but you don’t want to set fire to the classroom…

    In pairs or threes students take turns to say the words while the other one watches the post-it note (or fluff) to make sure that it moves when it should.

    Other sounds make the feather or post-it move too such as ‘p’ and ‘b’.

    The game is from this book:
    http://www.amazon.com/ESL-Games-Language-Children-teaching/dp/1475255586


    Stories, plays and skits, games, songs for teaching English to kids in classes and one on one. http://www.teachingenglishgames.com

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