Pronunciation Silent letters in a technical context

Silent letters quiz

plum_er

g_ard

desi_ner

clim_er

_rench

b_ilding

si_n

thum_

_nowledge

colum_

g_ess

g_itar

do_bt

bisc_it

circ_it

We_n_sday

w_isper

w_ite

w_eel

_ho

fas_ten

lis_en

anc_or

autum_

sc_ool

i_on (Fe)

de_t

_rite

bo_rd

g_ide

_nee

_nuckle

_nife

_nob

_nock

plumber, guard, designer, climber, wrench, building, sign, thumb, knowledge, column, guess, guitar, doubt, biscuit, circuit, Wednesday, whisper, white, wheel, who, fasten, listen, anchor, autumn, school, iron, debt, write, board, guide, knee, knuckle, knife, knob, knock

The words have been selected with engineering and technical staff in mind.

I do not teach silent letters as ‘a lesson’ but they will often come up in small groups. When learners have difficulty in copying a pronunciation and covering the word up has failed to improve the situation I revert to the board. I will sometimes give to different representations of the word, sometimes the first works better than the second, particularly when the wrong pronunciation is fossilised. Multiple repetition of the correct pronunciation is necessasry

If the word is new I try to stick to conventional spelling but diminish the size of the silent letter to de-emphasise it

circuit [sirkit] [circuit]

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One Comment

  1. Harry
    Posted 04/07/2012 at 12:08 pm | Permalink | Reply

    great activity, I’m going to use it today

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