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    Anyone have any good tricks for helping students improve making the "th" sound?

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    Getting them to look at the placement of your tongue (sticking out slightly) really helps. Even the kids at the back of the classroom can spot it once you point it out. They may forget to do it, but they'll at least know how.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RomulusLupin View Post
    Depending on class size, allowing each of them to watch their mouth (and tongue) position in a hand mirror is extremely helpful. It's really only feasible in a smaller group, though.
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    At my ES schools, my kids already have little hand mirrors that they use to help them learn to brush their teeth, so I have 'em use these.

    In addition, when I teach it, I usually exaggerate it heavily while making a silly face. The kids LOL and emulate me, but later, as they use it more, they soften it and usually manage the sound with reasonable success.

    Unfortunately, when they get to JHS, a JTE often "corrects" them and teaches them to pronounce it as an "s".
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    Quote Originally Posted by word View Post
    In addition, when I teach it, I usually exaggerate it heavily while making a silly face. The kids LOL and emulate me, but later, as they use it more, they soften it and usually manage the sound with reasonable success.
    I find this works as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by word View Post
    Unfortunately, when they get to JHS, a JTE often "corrects" them and teaches them to pronounce it as an "s".
    How sad.
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    Thanks guys

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rg0fmaCSDPg

    German, but brings up the same issue.
    Last edited by Rin; August 7th, 2011 at 05:11.
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