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Hi there, I've given these questions a bash. Would you be able to tell me if they're correct? Thank you.


a) Imagine that you are teaching a multilingual group of 12 adult learners at beginner level.

i) What problems might your students have in understanding these sentences
ii) What problems might they have in pronouncing them?
Outline some ideas on how you could teach these expressions.


Q. "I've got a headache."

A. Learners would find it hard to understand how "head" and "ache" are related, and you would have to explain that there is a pain in your head.
Learners would find it difficult to pronounce "che" because it is probounced "k." You would have to say the sound "k."


Q. "I've got a sore throat."

A. Learners would find it hard to say "thr" and "oa." You would have to hold your hand to your throat to explain what sore throat means.

Q. "I've got a cough."
A. Learners would find it hard to say "gh" because it sounds like "f." You would have to explain that you aren't coughing at the moment, but are coughing every so often.

Does this sound right? Thank you!

Annie
 

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I'm not sure that many learners would have difficulties with the sounds, but would find the spellings confusing.;-)
 

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L-A said:
Hi there, I've given these questions a bash. Would you be able to tell me if they're correct? Thank you.


a) Imagine that you are teaching a multilingual group of 12 adult learners at beginner level.

i) What problems might your students have in understanding these sentences
ii) What problems might they have in pronouncing them?
Outline some ideas on how you could teach these expressions.


Q. "I've got a headache."

A. Learners would find it hard to understand how "head" and "ache" are related, and you would have to explain that there is a pain in your head.
Learners would find it difficult to pronounce "che" because it is probounced "k." You would have to say the sound "k."


Q. "I've got a sore throat."

A. Learners would find it hard to say "thr" and "oa." You would have to hold your hand to your throat to explain what sore throat means.

Q. "I've got a cough."
A. Learners would find it hard to say "gh" because it sounds like "f." You would have to explain that you aren't coughing at the moment, but are coughing every so often.

Does this sound right? Thank you!

Annie

I would also add that demonstrations (i.e. actually coughing) could be helpful. I also agree with TDOL that the spellings would probably be the difficult part for some of the sounds. The sequence "ough" has 9 different pronunciations in English.
 
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