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Consonants: a quick way to improve /B/ AND /V/; /D/ AND /L/ Pronunciation for Thai Students


The aim of this study is to improve pronunciation of two pairs of English consonants for Thai students at Thai Binh University of Medicine and Pharmacy by using various language games and exercises. The researcher randomly selected 14 students in 10 at Thai Binh University of Medicine and Pharmacy, then divided them into two equal different groups called the experimental group and the control group.  Those respondents took part in pre-test and post-test by reading a passage aloud and listening to a short text to assess their pronunciation focusing on two pairs of consonants /b/ and /v/; /d/ and /l/. While pronunciation games and exercises were practiced with the experimental group, the control group were corrected with imitating and dictation and whenever they produce those sounds wrongly. This study lasted an hour to each group inside the classroom. The finding implies that both of these groups succeed in enhancing the pronunciation of some confusing consonants, but the experimental group is likely to be better at pronouncing compared to the control group.

Keywords: Teaching English, Thai students, confusing consonants, games and exercises, pronunciation improvement

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