The schwa sound is the most frequent sound in English. It appears in nearly every word, therefore, it is of paramount importance that students can hear and produce this sound correctly. To help them I have prepared this post. You will find several exercises to help your students produce and hear the schwa sound.
Schwa Sound – video
At the beginning of the lesson, play the following video by BBC Learning English. The formation of the sound is explained and demonstrated here. Moreover, you can practise the sound too.
Display the following picture and explain the position of the tongue and lips. The lips are opened but not too much and the tongue is relaxed in its natural position.
Give your students a chance to produce the sound.
Schwa – listening
In the second exercise, students listen and write the sentences they hear.
Schwa sound – speaking
The recording of the story is here:
Then ask the students to read the text aloud and check that they use the schwa sound.
I hope you find this post useful. If you would like to see more of our pronunciation posts, go to the voiceless TH sound over here.