ESL Level: High Beginner+
Focus: Pronunciation of /r/ and /l/ sounds
Class time: 15-25 minutes
Materials: one card for every student, one set of minimal pairs cut up
Card Download: r-l-pronunciation-bingo.docx
Description: This is a bingo card for practicing /r/ and /l/ sounds. This activity is suited for Japanese and Korean speakers of English
After demonstrating and practicing the differences between the /r/ and /l/ sounds, distribute a copy of the card to each student. The card contains a list of /r/ and /l/ minimal pairs (a minimal pair is two words that can be differentiated by only one letter sound, for example, rip and lip). Tell each student to put each word in a square (any square) of the card.
Once they’ve done that, ask one student to pick word from a hat (you’ll have to cut them up beforehand) and read it to the class. The students should then cross out that word on their cards. Note that if the pronunciation of the student who read the word is so terrible that the word is ambiguous, help the student with his/her pronunciation. That way the other players will circle the correct word.
Continue until a student has crossed out a complete row of 5 consecutive squares (either vertically, horizontally, or diagonally). That player should yell out “Bingo!” He or she is the winner.
It’s a good idea to keep a track of the words that have been pulled from the hat, so you can verify the winner(s) card at the end.
R & L Minimal Pairs:
I hope your students enjoy this pronunciation activity for /l and /l/ sounds.
– Matthew Barton / Creator of Englishcurrent.com