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How to teach the long ‘a’ sound

The long ‘a’ is the fifth sound in the International Phonetics Association’s (IPA) list of vowels. When you look at the vowel quadrilateral, it is a back open sound. Like the long ‘e’, /a:/ is a universal sound. In Nigeria, all the major dialects have the vowel, so it is not a difficult sound for Nigerians to articulate. If you have ever visited a dentist, then you said /a:/. Also,… Read More »How to teach the long ‘a’ sound

Diction Avenue: Long ‘e’ Sound, Presentations and more

On the avenue this week, we talked about the long ‘e’ sound /i:/ giving word and spelling examples. Our reading was on Lanre the Lizard. You can watch the full episode on youtube now. We also had the pleasure of listening to presentations from Mayors International School, Ikeja and Mind Builders School. The two pupils spoke on tenses and grammar and contrasting the short ‘a’ and ‘e’ sounds respectively. You… Read More »Diction Avenue: Long ‘e’ Sound, Presentations and more

the /i:/ sound

How to teach the long ‘e’ sound /i:/

The long ‘e’ /i:/ sound is the first sound in the International Phonetics Association’s (IPA) list of vowel sounds. When you look at the vowel quadrilateral, it is the first sound you see. We could describe the long ‘e’ sound as a universal sound. In Nigeria, all the major dialects have the sound, so it is not a difficult sound for Nigerians to articulate. The only difference that can be… Read More »How to teach the long ‘e’ sound /i:/