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(Updated on 18/03/2013)

 

 

 


 

 


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- Activities to print - Lesson plans -
PowerPoint Presentations -
Interactive games
- Games to print - Poems
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Posters
- Songs - Cartoons - Animations
- Videos

 

 

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Abbreviations / Acronyms

Spelling words or abbreviations in SONGS

 

 

Alphabets :

 

 

  • Beautiful vowels
    "Eunoia is the shortest word in English containing all five vowels - and it means "beautiful thinking". It is also the title of Canadian poet Christian Bok's book of fiction in which each chapter uses only one vowel.
    Mr Bok believes his book proves that each vowel has its own personality, and demonstrates the flexibility of the English language."
    + extracts from each chapter.

    (BBC)

 

 

 

  • Why is 'w' pronounced 'double u' rather than 'double v', and what is the origin of this letter?
    "English uses the Latin alphabet of the Romans. However, this had no letter suitable for representing the phoneme /w/ which was used in Old English, though phonetically the sound represented by /v/ was quite close. In the 7th century scribes wrote uu for /w/; later they used the runic symbols known as wynn. European scribes had continued to write uu, and this usage returned to England with the Norman Conquest in 1066. Early printers sometimes used vv for lack of a w in their type. The name double-u recalls the former identity of u and v, which is also evident in a number of cognate words (flour/flower, guard/ward, suede/Swede, etc.).
    (Oxford Companion to the English Language)



Pictures :


ABCDEFGeek
(otisframpton.deviantart.com)

 


The Anti-Slavery Alphabet Primer

"1846, Hannah and Mary Townsend of the Philadelphia
Female Anti-Slavery Society wrote a primer
for the English alphabet. Staunch abolitionists,
they made it very clear to children what the continuation
of slavery in the United States meant..."

(neatorama.com)

 


Great Modern Artists Alphabet
(andytuohy.wordpress.com)

 

 

 

 

 


  • ABC Superheroes - UPDATED
    - a "poster that pictures comic-book superheroes from A to Z: Superman is S-shaped, Batman looks like B, etc.

    Can You ID the ABCs of Superheroes?" Find the responses here.

    (comicsalliance.com)

 

  • In pictures: Royal Mail's alphabetical landmark stamps
    "Royal Mail has begun an alphabetical tour of the UK with its first set of stamps depicting what it calls "iconic" landmarks."

    (BBC)

  • A bloody take on the alphabet
    "A new illustrated typeface uses images of weaponry to comment on the world's armed conflicts...
    these are not images about the beauty of weaponry, but a commentary on its uses, results, sale, and distribution..."

    (salon.com)

 

 

 

 

Facts :

  • US soldier gives four-year-old daughter 'waterboarding' over alphabet
    "A soldier subjected his four-year-old daughter to waterboard-style torture when she failed to recite her alphabet, it has been claimed...
    Waterboarding is a controversial torture technique used by the CIA to interrogate al Qaeda suspects at Guantanamo Bay, where water is poured over detainees so they think they are drowning. "

    (telegraph.co.uk)

 

Listening :

  • See Songs

  • Alphabetimals - Listen to the animals and to the words. (alphabetimals.com)
    "All the letters of the alphabets are illustrated by the corresponding animal species." (Neatorama)

  • The alphabet - interactive game - Click on the letters to listen to their pronunciations.
    (worldofteacherfortin.perso.sfr.fr)

 

 

 

 

  • Learn your English alphabet (learnenglish.de) :
    The alphabet - Vowels - Consonants -
    The rhyming alphabet -
    The phonetic alphabet (Alpha - Bravo - Charlie...) - Common symbols (full stop - comma - question mark... ) - Capitalisation

 

 

  • Learn your English alphabet (learnenglish.de) :
    The alphabet - Vowels - Consonants - The rhyming alphabet -
    The phonetic alphabet (Alpha - Bravo - Charlie...) -
    Common symbols (full stop - comma - question mark... ) - Capitalisation



  • Alphabet - "You click a letter to hear its name and see a picture"
    (Learning Planet)





  • Letter Sentences:
    "Practice letter sounds with these sentences. Click a letter below to select an image, then click the images to hear the sentence." (teachersandfamilies)

 

  • Alphabet Antics - "Practise the letters of the alphabet with this game." (British Council)
    (3 niveaux de difficulté + son)
    "Help the monkey climb the tree and get the bananas!"




  • Alphabet (avec son) - (literacycenter.net)
  • Learning Planet - "You click a letter to hear its name and see a picture." (pour 6ème) - (learningplanet.com)





INTERACTIVE activities :

 

  • The alphabet - interactive activities
    "Listen to the alphabet and try to identify the letters through various activities like
    matching exercises, fill in the blanks and put the letters in the right order (with animated pictures and sounds)"

    (worldofteacherfortin.perso.sfr.fr)
  • Alphabet - interactive (beenleigss.eq.edu.au)
    Alphabet Animals
    Alphabet Sounds
    Phonic Fighter
    Alphabet Connect the Dots

 

Activities TO PRINT :

 

  • Pronunciation  Sounds of the alphabet (BBC)
    - exercise to print : "Write the phonemic transcription..."


  • THE ALPHABET GAME - to print (lingolex.com)
    "The teacher chooses a letter.
    The students then complete the first column of the table with words which begin with that letter...."

 

  • Learn your English alphabet (learnenglish.de) :
    The alphabet - Vowels - Consonants - The rhyming alphabet -
    The phonetic alphabet (Alpha - Bravo - Charlie...) -
    Common symbols (full stop - comma - question mark... ) - Capitalisation


  • English Phonetic Spelling (englishclub.com)
    - "Sometimes wrongly called the International Phonetic Alphabet" : Alpha - Bravo - Charlie...

 

Lesson plans :

  • MISSING U - a lesson plan
    "This EFL lesson plan is designed around a beautiful short film titled Missing U by Brooke Wagstaff.
    Students practise pronunciation of letters, read text messages, watch a short film, read a poem, speak and write a short poem."
    Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2)
    Time: 90 minutes
    Activity: Pronunciation of letters, watching a short film, reading a poem, speaking and writing
    Topic: Pronunciation and love
    Language: Text message abbreviations
    Materials: Short film and poem
    (film-english.com)


PowerPoint Presentations :

 

INTERACTIVE games :

 

 

  • Alphabet Antics - "Practise the letters of the alphabet with this game."(British Council)
    (3 niveaux de difficulté + son)
    "Help the monkey climb the tree and get the bananas!"

 

Games TO PRINT :

 

 

Poems :

  • An Alphabet' by Edward Lear read by Murray Lachlan Young
    (YouTube)

    "C
    C was once a little cake,
    Caky
    Baky
    Maky
    Caky
    Taky Caky,
    Little Cake!..."

  • 'A was an Apple Pie' - a poem
    (ingeb.org)

    'A APPLE PIE' BY KATE GREENAWAY - AN OLD FASHIONED ALPHABET BOOK
    (digital.library.upenn.edu)

    'A was an Apple Pie' - a commentary with illustrations
    "The poem goes through every letter of the alphabet, using a word beginning with the right letter to describe what each different character did
    - B bit it, C cut it, D dealt it and so on."

    (lukefarookhi.blogspot.com)

  • The Alphabet of Slavery
    The poem was published in "The Poetry of Slavery, an Anglo-American anthology," 1764 - 1865.
    Each letter of the alphabet vividly depicts one aspect of slavery from, "A is an African torn from his home" to "Zealously labour to set the Slaves free"."

    (wn.com)

  • The Alphabet - a poem by Eduardo Gonzalez Chillon - listen + activities (British Council)

 

 

Posters :

 

 

Songs :

  • Daniel Radcliffe Raps Blackalicious' "Alphabet Aerobics"
    "Jimmy challenges hip-hop lover Daniel Radcliffe to rap Blackalicious' tongue-twisting "Alphabet Aerobics."
     
    (YouTube)
    + LYRICS:
    "Artificial amateurs, aren't at all amazing
    Analytically, I assault, animate things
    Broken barriers bounded by the bomb beat
    Buildings are broken, basically I'm bombarding..."

    (azlyrics.com)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Pour réviser la prononciation des lettres de l'alphabet,
    SPELLING WORDS IN SONGS

  • The Alphabet Song (The Gashlycrumb Tinies) - Jesus In A Sidecar :
    "a is for amy who fell down the stairs
    b is for basil assaulted by bears
    c is for clara who wasted away
    d is for desmond thrown out of a sleigh
    e is for ernest who choked on a peach
    f is for fanny sucked dry by a leech..."
    Listen to it! = Echoes of The Gashlycrumb Tinies (You Tube)


 

 

 

Cartoons :

 

 

Animations :

  • The Unfortunate Alphabet - an animation - 32.9 Mo (milkandcookies.com)
    "Synopsis: Children often learn the Alphabet by using key words to remember the letters.
    This version of the alphabet gives you some unfortunate  ways to remember the letters."

 

  • The Lycette Bros. Illustrated Alphabet of Unfortunate Chance - 404 Kb (abc.net.au)
    "Out for a morning stroll, the ever polite Monsieur Maurice contentedly and happily enters into scene after scene of an unfortunate nature without whimper or protest...
    We had the desire to make a piece that would take its inspiration from 18th century children's nursery rhymes - combining black humour with quaint illustrative linework."


 

Videos :

 

  • Alphagames - a quiz
    "The Alphabet in Video Games: Animations that quiz your video game knowledge. How many titles can you name?"

    (vimeo.com)

 

  • Refraction - The Alphabet
    "A follow up refraction experiment featuring the Alphabet spoken by the late GREAT Richard Pryor. Mixed with Blockhead's "Coloringbook"."

    (vimeo.com)