Most Common Pronunciation Mistakes Heard in Oral Exams

Even for the most confident students  taking an oral exam can be quite stressful. Twice a year, in June and September,  I  assess students’ speaking abilities acting  as both an interlocutor asking questions and interacting with students, or an assessor listening to students’ performance.

It was while acting as an assessor that I  decided to write down the most common pronunciation  mistakes students make  with the intention of  going over them ,with my own students, at the very beginning of the course.

I  have created a quiz with, what I hope, will be the last I see of these pronunciation mistakes. I hope you find it useful!

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32 thoughts on “Most Common Pronunciation Mistakes Heard in Oral Exams

  1. Cristina, thank you for your blog. I find it very useful because I’m learning a lot from this site.

  2. Thanks a lot, it is so helpful mostly when we are not native speakers. We need more of this kind of exercises in your blog. A big hug from peru.

  3. Great post, Cristina, as always! I’m sharing it with my students. We are dealing with mispronunciation of some words so they’ll love this quiz.

    Keep up the awesome work you’re doing in your blog. Congratulations on the award!!!
    : )

  4. Thanks for your comment Andrew. I agree that sometimes a /j/ glide is heard at a point of front vowel hiatus where the first vowel is /iː/ or /ɪ/ but it is also true that generally it is so relaxed that such a glide is not heard.

  5. Sorry to be pedantic, but number 7 is wrong – there is always a /j/ sound in verbs like studying and bullying.

  6. Thank you Orlando! Yes, the tool has a lot of potential for language teaching

  7. This is very useful!
    I am trying to study English, and I would really love a video with the correct pronunciation.

  8. Yes, it is a tool with a lot of potential for language teaching. Thanks for dropping by!

  9. Hello Chandrika
    Unfortunately this tool does not have a download button. You can only share it or embed it!

    I’m glad you found it useful!

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