What is the Phonemic Chart?

July 29, 2018

The phonemic chart is a tool commonly used to help learners understand and produce the sounds in English pronunciation. It is comprised of a set of symbols, and each symbol represents a sound of the English language. 


The phonemic chart is a simplified version of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), and it is preferred by teachers and students for bringing the most useful sounds for learners. Knowing about might help learners practice the language more efficiently, improve their listening skills, and help them become more independent.  


Adrian Underhill's Sound Foundations chart (click on the image to visit website)



In the video below, we talk give tips and ideas on how to use the chart in the classroom. Click on the image below to watch the video:



You can also access the links below for useful ideas and information about the phonemic chart:


Interactive phonemic chart by the British Council


Interactive phonemic chart by One Stop English 


Pronunciation Skills: The Phonemic Chart by Macmillan (video)


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Andreia Zakime is an Academic Coordinator at Cultura Inglesa São Paulo, a CELTA tutor and one of the co-founders of What is ELT?



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