Pronuncing ch: The sounds ch makes, 3 main groups: ch /tf/, sh /ʃ /, and k /k/

The sounds ch makes can be split into three main groups: ch /tf/, sh /ʃ /, and k /k/

Print the word lists in colour, laminate and cut into single words.

Place all the words face up on the table and ask students to select and pronounce a word.

After a while the students realise that the colour of the word is a guide to pronunciation (it also helps many students remember the pronunciation).

Variations: Place the words face downwards and ask students to pick a word (against the clock/teams…… )

ch

cheese

chocolate

chips

beach

peach

chop

church

arch

inch

wrench

winch

chalk

chief

approach

choke

research

cheap

search

batch

switch

check

k

Christmas

ache

stomach

chaos

mechanic

mechanical

school

scheme

schedule

psychology

chemical

chemist

bronchitis

chronic

architect

sh

chablis

champagne

chic

quiche

fuchsia

machine

chamfer

schedule

chevron

chef

chauffeur

brochure

qu choir

 

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2 Comments

  1. JW
    Posted 14/05/2017 at 12:36 am | Permalink | Reply

    Is there any way to know which sound it is just by looking at the word?

    • Posted 14/05/2017 at 5:19 pm | Permalink | Reply

      If the word looks ‘French’ it is probably the sh sound – which begs the question what does a ‘French’ word look like. I don’t know of any way of doing what you would like to do. Some of the words even change pronunciation on a pragmatic basis consider mechanic and machine – both are concrete nouns, the ch has different pronunciations but with chemist and chemical the pronunciation is the same. Sorry.

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