1. Revise and familiarize yourself with the deck

When you get to the deck of flashcards, you'll see the first card in the deck. Untick the 'both sides' box so that you can only see a phoneme on the front of the card. Look at the phoneme and try to remember the place and manner of articulation, tongue position, etc. Then "flip" the card to see if you were right.

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2. Play "Scatter", a timed matching game

Now that you've revised and are familiar with all the terms, play "Scatter". The program randomly selects 8 cards and scatters the phonemes and explanations across your screen. You drag and drop the phonemes onto their matching explanations (or vice versa) as the program times you. When you're finished, the program shows you your time and encourages you to play again and improve your time. Each time you play, you get different cards to match.

3. Learn

This activity prompts you with the phoneme and asks you to type the place and manner of articulation into the text box. If you type an answer that is correct, but not an exact copy of what is written on the card, there are two remedies. First of all, "Configuration" allows you to tell the program to ignore things like punctuation and spaces. Secondly, you can "override" the program's judgement of your answer if you believe it is correct:

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4. Test Yourself

The Test program allows you to customize a test for yourself based on the deck of flashcards you are working with. Choose the number and type of questions, either multiple choice, written, matching, true or false, or a combination of all four types. You can choose to be prompted with either the terms or definitions. When you change your selections, click "Regenerate Test" to activate your selections. Take the test and the program will calculate your score and show you your correct and incorrect answers.

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Questions for reflection and discussion

Feel free to post your thoughts on these questions or on other aspects of phonology in the discussion forum at the top of the page, right of the title, next to the Edit button.
  • Which of the British English phonemes are most difficult for your learners?
  • Can you develop easy, step-by-step, guidance for your students to physically produce a difficult phoneme?
  • It is argued that phonological study that focuses only on the phonemes in isolation is counter-productive for learners. Do you agree or disagree? Why?