Speaking Partner Visit: Asking Questions; -s Ending Pronunciation
Speaking Skill: Asking Questions
Read the following information to your Speaking Partner:
As a student, one of the most important things you do is to ask questions. By asking questions, you are able to gain understanding of the new material. There are several ways to ask questions in English. Let’s review the important question words.
After asking questions, it is important that you ask follow-up questions. This helps you make sure you understand the material. Use phrases such as:
- If you need help understanding how to use any of the question words or follow-up questions, ask your partner to help you.
- What does it mean to ask follow-up questions?
- Are you comfortable asking your instructor questions in the course or in email? If not, discuss the reasons you are not comfortable?
- Is it a good idea to write down questions and practice them before asking? Why or why not?
Play 20 Questions with your speaking partner. If either you or your speaking partner knows how to play the game, you can explain how to play to each other and set your own rules. The main idea of the game is for one player to think of a specific object or something in a specific category and the other player or players have 20 chances to guess what it is by asking questions.
For example, your speaking partner could think of a career (a specific category). You would ask questions to find out what career he/she has chosen until you guess what it is or until you have asked 20 questions. Then, it would be your turn to think of a career and your speaking partner will ask you questions. You can choose whatever category you would like to play the game.
English pronunciation of the -s ending
The “s” ending has three pronunciations. The pronunciation depends on the last sound of the word. The “s” endings are found at the end of verbs, plural nouns, and possessive nouns.
- It is pronounced as “iz” after -ch, -sh, -s, and -z endings.
teaches, brushes, buses, boxes, buzzes
- It is pronounced as “s” after -k, -f, -p, or -t endings.
breaks, cliffs, stops, charts
- It is pronounced as “z” after voiced endings
dogs, mothers, serves, approves, heads
Listen to your Speaking Partner say the following words with an “s” ending. Then repeat the words. What is the ending sound of each of the words?
Listen to your Speaking Partner say the following nouns with a plural ending. Then repeat the words. What is the ending sound of each of the words?
Listen to your Speaking Partner say the following possessive nouns. Then repeat the words.
|the student’s||Linda’s||Brother Baird’s||the teacher’s|
Do the following activities with your Speaking Partner:
- Choose three words from those listed above. Ask your speaking partner a question using those three words. Do this back and forth so that you have each asked and answered five questions.
- Practice your pronunciation by repeating the following phrases several times:
- He owes his sisters lots of favors because they always wash his clothes.
- The judges’ watches were different colors but the faces were white.
- She sells seashells down by the sea’s shore.
Practice saying the following numbers:
- 2x4 + 6m2 = 4m2
- y = -2x - 7
- x + y = 10
Practice the difference between tens and teens