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An ESL activity for practicing listening and noticing subtle pronunciation differences.


  • Write down at least 10 recent vocabulary words on the board
  • Write one word under it with a similar spelling or pronunciation for a total of 20 words
  • Number and letter them like: 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, etc.
  • Read one of the words from the board
  • Have the students raise their hands to say which number and letter

Alternatively you can have your students write the first ten words on the board and then write a second word below it. The words used can be from their lesson.