This exercise aims to practice transcription of words into phonemic symbols. The user is asked to transcribe words, one at a time, from a text prompt. They are given feedback on the correctness of their transcription and are able to correct it until they have it correct. They can also get help, by asking for the next symbol.

The words I have chosen in this example are a fairly random selection of words that cause spelling/pronunciation problems. Words could be chosen that feature two or three basic sounds which are being practiced. Any other suggestions?

The exercise is at:

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2 Responses to Phonemic Text – Text

  1. Browser: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1)
    It’s just great but…
    The phonetic symbols don’t show up on IE though I’m told my score is 100%. To be more precise, for “rough” the /r/ and /f/ are OK but the middle symbol is replaced by a rectangle.
    Works just fine on Mozilla.
    Hope this helps.

  2. anna says:

    Browser: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Win 9x 4.90; en-US; rv:1.0.2) Gecko/20021120 Netscape/7.01

    Works fine on my browser. Just some comments on content:

    1) I thought perhaps you should mention that the transcriptions are for the regional accent used mainly in the south of England (RP), so that learners from the US or studying US English won’t get frustrated. For example, I noticed that rhotic forms aren’t accepted, “passport” only accepted the a: and not the usual US pronunciation, etc. Hard to cater to all varieties of English…so the variety you have chosen should be mentioned in the instructions for the activity.

    2) Check your phonetic transcription of “though”, you have the unvoiced “th” when it should be voiced (even in RP, I believe).

    Other than that, haven’t found anything else – it’s very good!

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