Connected Speech Practice Dialogues (Pronunciation)

ESL Level: upper-intermediate

Class time: 30 minutes

Worksheet downloadconnected-speech-practice-esl.docx

Description These two dialogues can be used to practice connected speech. Students in pairs first practice their dialogue and then they perform it for another pair. The listening pair fills in the expressions they hear on the worksheet.

Detailed Instructions

  1. Put students in pairs. Give on pair the “Pair A” worksheet, and the other pair the “Pair B” worksheet.
  2. Tell the pairs to look at the dialogue on the top half of the sheet (Speaking Part 1). They should try to rewrite it or link the words using the principles of connected speech. Tell them to ignore the Part 2 cloze section below.
  3. After changing the dialogue into connected speech, have them practice it several times.
  4. Once they are ready, put two pairs together (one PairA and one PairB). PairAs will then perform their dialogue, while PairBs listen and write the information into the Part2 cloze section.
  5. When finished, they can confirm their understanding.
  6. Lastly, groups switch roles and the process repeats.

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Connected Speech Practice – Pair A

SPEAKING Part 1: Use connected speech to make the below dialogue more efficient. Then practice it with your partner and then read it to another group. They will listen and write in the missing words.

A: What are you doing?

B: Studying. I have a lot of homework. I hate math. I wish I could drop out of school.

A: Well, you have to go because you need to get your diploma.

B: I guess so. Hey, have you seen Benjamin?

A: No. If he’s not in his room, then he must have gone out. He could have gone to the park to play basketball. It is a nice day.

B: Okay. I’ll look for him there. Later.

 

LISTENING Part 2: Listen to your partner’s dialogue. Write down the words you hear.

A: Hey Jake. ___________________ ?

B: I’m ___________________ upset.

A: Why? ______________________________________?

B: I lent ___________________ bucks to my friend last week. But he still hasn’t paid me back.

A: You ___________________ lent money to him. It’s not good when money gets between friends.

B: I know. He was ___________________ ___________________ yesterday, but he didn’t. He didn’t even mention it.

A: I ___________________ ___________________ __________________ about it. Why ___________________ remind him?

B: I guess I ___________________.

Connected Speech Practice – Pair B

SPEAKING Part 1: Use connected speech to make the below dialogue more efficient. Then practice it with your partner and then read it to another group. They will listen and write in the missing words.

A: Hey Jake. How are you?

B: I’m kind of upset.

A: Why? What’s the matter?

B: I lent 100 bucks to my friend last week. But he still hasn’t paid me back.

A: You shouldn’t have lent money to him. It’s not good when money gets between friends.

B: I know. He was supposed to pay me back yesterday, but he didn’t. He didn’t even mention it.

A: I bet you he has forgotten about it. Why don’t you remind him?

B: I guess I have to.

 

LISTENING Part 2: Listen to your partner’s dialogue. Write down the words you hear.

A: _____________________________ _________ doing?

B: Studying. I have ___________________ homework. I hate math. I wish I could drop out of school.

A: Well, you ___________________ go ___________________ you need to get your diploma.

B: I guess so. Hey, ___________________ seen Benjamin?

A: No. If he’s not in his room, then he ___________________ out. He ___________________ to the park to play basketball. It is a nice day.

B: Okay. I’ll look for him there. Later.

– Matthew Barton of Englishcurrent.com

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3 comments on “Connected Speech Practice Dialogues (Pronunciation)

  1. value (Posted on 6-11-2016 at 15:25) Reply

    !Nice

  2. Jessica (Posted on 12-19-2016 at 11:36) Reply

    This is great! Thanks a lot for sharing your work :)

  3. Anonymous (Posted on 7-6-2018 at 05:11) Reply

    thank you!

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