Unit 4. Rice, Rise.
The Consonant Sounds /s/ and /z/
Unit 4; Part A
|When you say the alphabet, the letters С and S are pronounced /si:/ and/es/. |
Notice they both have the consonant sound /s/.
But S is also oftenpronounced as the consonant sound /s/.
Listen to the sounds /s/and /z/.
Look at the mouth diagram to see how to make these consonant sounds.
Notice that in the sound /s/, there is no voice from the throat. It sounds like the noise of a snake.
In the sound /z/, there is voice from the throat. It sounds like the noise of a bee.
Unit 4; Part B
|Now listen to the sound /s/ on its own.|
|Listen to the targetsound /s/ in the words below and compare it with the words on each side.|
Listen and repeat these examples of the target sound.
sad city science scream
glasses concert lost
bus place class
Unit 4; Part C
|Listen to the sound /z/ on its own. |
Listen to the target sound /z/ in the words below and compare it with the words on each side.
|Listen and repeat these examples of the target sound. |
lazy easy scissors exact
size wise times
Unit 4; Part D
Unit 4; Part E
Pronunciation may be connected to grammar:
|Find a way from Start to Finish. You may not pass a square if the word contains the sound /z/. You can move horizontally оr vertically only. Key|
|Complete this conversation using words from the box. Then listen and check. |
Sid: Alice's niece is nice.
Joe: Are nice, Sid. Plural. Her _______kneesare nice.
Sid: I'm not talking about her _______knees, I'm talking about her _______niece!
Joe: Oh, I see, _______niece with a C.
Sid: That's right. She has nice _______eyes.
Joe: How can _______ice be nice? It's too cold.
Sid: Not _______ice, you fool! E-Y-E-S!
Follow up: Play the recording again, pausing it after each of Sid'slines. You say Joe's lines before listening to him saying them.
|Listen to the sentences. Look at the words in italics. Underline the words in italics which contain the sound /s/ and cross out the ones which contain the sound /z/. Then listen again and repeat. Key1 I'm not going to |
2 Your tooth is loose. You'll
3 The shop's very close to home, and it doesn't
4 I can't
You can have my tent. It's no use to me. I never
1 I'm not going to advise you. You never take my advice.
2 Your tooth is loose. You'll lose it if you're not careful.
3 The shop's very close to home, and it doesn't close till late.
4 I can't excuse people who drop litter. There's no excuse for it.
|Listen and circle the word you hear. Key1. prize 2. he's a 3. suit 4. saved 5. think 6. clothed|
1 Price or prize? I got a good price / prize for that painting.
2 He sat or he's at? I don't know where he sat / he's at.
3 Suit or shoot? They didn't suit / shoot him.
4 Saved or shaved? I've saved / shaved a lot in the past few days.
5 Sink or think? We didn't sink / think.
6 Closed or clothed? They were closed / clothed for the cold weather.
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