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Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research

University of Mohammed Kheider Biskra


Faculty of Letters and Foreign Languages
Department of Foreign Languages
Division of English

Module
Teacher
Level
Semester

Phonetics

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Mr. Aounali

1st Year (LMD)

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First Homework in Phonetics


Exercise 1: Refer back to vowels description then answer the following questions:
1. Circle the words that contain a close vowel:

sat

suit

got

2. Circle the words that contain a low vowel:

weed wad

load

lad

rude

3. Circle the words that contain a front vowel:

gate

caught

cat

kit

put

4. Circle the words that contain a central vowel:

curl

circa

cover

prove dove

5. Circle the words that contain a back vowel:

meat weep

6. Circle the words that contain a rounded vowel: who

me

meet

coup

cop

good

us

but

him

off

passed

7. Circle the words that contain a neutral vowel:

lover half

leave

8. Circle the words that contain a spread vowel:

pizza

purse part

pot

mud

pan

Exercise 2: How many sounds in each of the following words? Circle the correct number.
1. Begged

2. Graphic

3. Fished

4. Quick

5. Axis

6. Damned

Exercise 3: Write the phonetic symbols for the vowels and circle the odd vowel in each set
1. pen / / said /

/ death / / mean / / deaf / / 2. Board / / short / / north / / warm / / farm

3. meat

steak

weak

theme

5. good

moon

foot

full /

green /
/ fool /

/ 4. Guard
/ 6. Hurt /

march charge
/ work

lord /

heart / / quarter
/ verb /

/ birth

Exercise 4: Write the phonetic symbols for each vowel in the following words:
I. Friend /

/ -Bread /

II. Half /

/ -Passport /

-Rough /

/ -Cough / / -Foot / / -Pull /

/ -Been /

/ -Team /

/ -Door /

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/ -Broad /

/ -Damn
/ -Soon /

/ -Again
/ -Bird /

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Exercise 4: Give/provide two minimal pairs for each set of vowel sounds
/i:/ & /e/ // & /u:/ // & /e/ // & /u/

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Exercise 5: Circle all the // vowel sounds and underline the /i/ vowel sounds (two examples are given)

Big,

green, people, busy,

listen, office,

pizza,

dinner,

repeat, Peter,

scheme,

inn,

please,

scene,

ready, byte.

Exercise 6: Label the following diagram

Recommendations: for accurate practice, try to pronounce loudly the sounds you want to learn then
listen and repeat to the words which contain those sounds. You can refer to the B ook of Peter Roach
in order to revise vowels and consonants articulation or to listen to them recited in English
Pronunciation in Use (Elementary) . You can go to BBC English Online to practise more:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/pronunciation

gd lk nd hpi hldez
nd j: tam
N.B: you can download this document and some phonetics lectures in PDF format from these links:
http://www.scribd.com/wanglais/documents or https://www.facebook.com/groups/217344448289216/files/

N.B: The homework must be rendered back after the holidays on the first week of the New Year 2015

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