Rythm and Poems

The Crocodile's Toothache

The Crocodile
Went to the dentist
And sat down in the chair,
And the dentist said, "Now tell me, sir,
Why does it hurt and where?"
And the Crocodile said, "I'll tell you the truth,
I have a terrible ache in my tooth,"
And he opened his jaws so wide, so wide,
The the dentist, he climbed right inside,
And the dentist laughed, "Oh isn't this fun?"
As he pulled the teeth out, one by one.
And the Crocodile cried, "You're hurting me so!
Please put down your pliers and let me go."
But the dentist laughed with a Ho Ho Ho,
And he said, "I still have twelve to go-
Oops, that's the wrong one, I confess,
But what's one crocodile's tooth more or less?"
Then suddenly, the jaws went SNAP,
And the dentist was gone, right off the map,
And where he went one could only guess...
To North or South or East or West...
He left no forwarding address.
But what's one dentist, more or less?

-Shel Silverstein


Diphthongs and Triphthongs

Here we meet again for our final work of Phonetics and Phonology course for these second term.

1. Create a new post in your blog with the title: Diphthongs and Triphthongs.

2. Define the following terms in your post:





2. View this video:

3. Make a list of 10 proper diphthongs, 10 improper diphthongs, 10 triphthongs, and 10 words that are not diphthongs nor triphthongs.

4. Make a a game using the list you did in 3 and post the game in your blog.

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a. Click on start.

b. Give a name to the quiz.

c. Give a name to each category (Proper Diphthongs, Improper Diphthongs, Triphthongs, Other words).

d. Under each category, paste your list.

e.Write a password protect.

f. Click on the gear (Embed into a blog).

g. Copy the code and paste it in your blog.

5. Write a reflection about today's class.

6. Publish your Post.

Thank you and Good night!



Welcome once more to your self learning "Phonetics and Phonology" program. Today we will talk about minimal pairs.

As usual, please read carefully the instructions and create only ONE blog entry or Post per class. If there is an * in the instruction number, it means that you should do something on your blog.


*1. Title of your post: Minimal Pairs. Answer the following questions in your blog.

*2. In your own words, based on what you have found on the internet, what are minimal pairs?

3. Watch this video:

*4. Why do you think minimal pairs are important?

5. Time to play. Select one of these games to identify the minimal pairs. SAY THE MINIMAL PAIRS AS YOU READ THEM.

Play only for 10 minutes. Use this online stopwatch to guide your time.

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*6. Select 4 minimal pairs that you found difficult or that you don't know the meaning. Find out their meaning and record it with vocaroo. Embed your recordings in your blog and under them put a sentence to understand their meaning. Follow this example:

Pair 1: Fair - Fear

The group has achieved fair and equal representation for all its members.

I fear the increasing unemployment.

Pair 2: Xxxx - Yyyy


*7. What did you learn while developing this exercise? (Talk about the tools you used, the words you learned, the websites you have encounter, etc)

Thank you for your work.



Hello P&P students. Today you will learn about the pronunciation of Long and short Vowels.

Read all these instructions before starting:

1. Create a KWL chart like this one on a new post in your blog with the title Long Vowel and Short Vowel Sounds:

What I know about Long and Short Vowel Sounds…

What I want to know about Long and Short Vowel Sounds…

What I learned about Long and Short Vowel Sounds…

I know that long vowels are…

I want to know…

I learned that…

2. Fill in the First column.

3. Enjoy these videos and UNDER the KWL chart write the definition of Short Vowels Sounds and Long Vowel Sounds.

5. Fill in the second column of the KWL chart.

6. Put these words in the correct column and fill in the chart as the example (rip, ripe).

stop, lad, mud, stain, smile, bone, pie, mule, stay, pray, lid, mug, cat, rule, load, pill, still, bug, bite, sun, pig, boat.






A fan tried to RIP his pants in a concert.


A fully ripe apple stays white in the inside.

7. Select 3 Short vowel words from point 6 and record a sentence. Place the Vocaroo Embedded under the word. Follow this example:

Short Vowels


8. Select 3 Long vowel words from point 6 and record a sentence. Place the Vocaroo Embedded under the word. Follow this example:

Long Vowels


9. Fill in the last column of your KWL chart.

10. Publish your post.

Thank you for your hard work. I will see you next week.


Hello P&P students!

Go to my WIKI in order to fill out the chart of blogs. Follow these instructions:

  • Enter this site: www.masterzea.wikispaces.com
  • Click on Edit
  • Look for your name.
  • Click on the column Blog in front of your name.
  • Now click on Link.
  • Click on External Link.
  • In Link Text write the address of your blog (e.g. www.masterzea.blogspot.com) and in Address write again the address of your blog (e.g. www.masterzea.blogspot.com).
  • Tick on New window and then click on Add Link
  • Verify that your link has been added in the wiki.
  • Click on Save.
  • Finally, click on the link of your blog. If you did the exercise correctly, your blog should open in a new window when you click on it.



Good evening!

I hope that today you are able to follow instructions accurately. All you need to do is read all the instructions bellow.

1. Read all the instructions before you do anything.

2. Find 100 websites related to phonetics and phonology.

3. Create a summary of 200 words for each of the websites.

4. Find information about what are Consonant Clusters.

5. Create a post in your blog with the title Consonant Clusters.

6. Define what are consonant clusters in your post as number one.

7. Answer this question in a complete sentence in your post as number two: Which is the longest consonant cluster in English?

8. Make a list of 10 words that have difficult consonant clusters for pronunciation.

9. Post the 10 words, write its definition, write the letters that make the consonant cluster, and its recording (using vocaroo.com) so that they look like this:

1. throughout: all the way through. Consonant Cluster: thr

2. risk: a situation involving exposure to danger. Consonant Cluster: sk

Continue like this for the other words.

Make sure you number each word as the example.

(Ask your teacher for assistance to do this part, if your teacher is busy see if one of your classmates can help you)

10. At the end of your post write a reflection about what you learned in this class.

11. Only do the instructions starting from number 5.

12. Publish your post.

Thank you for following instructions properly. This websites may help you in finding words:








Creating a BLOG!!

Hello students.

Today we will create a tool that we will use for our future classes. We will create a blog. In the following videos you will learn about blogs. Before watching the videos be sure to follow these instructions:

1. Create a KWL chart like this one in a Word document and fill in the first column.


What I know about Blogs…


What I want to know about blogs…


What I learnt about blogs…

2. Watch this video

3. And now fill in the second column by writing down in your own words what is a Blog in the same word document.

4. Watch this video:

5. Create your Blog. Make sure the Title of your blog is "(YOUR NAME) UPPER-INTERMEDIATE ENGLISH BLOG", and the url of your blog "(YOURNAME)UPPER-INTERMEDIATE" (all together).

6. Fill in the last Column of your chart.

7. Create your first post like this:

Title: My first post

Body: Copy/Paste the work you did in the Word document.

8. Identify the url of your blog (e.g. http://masterzea.blogspot.com/).

9. Go to http://masterzea.wikispaces.com/ click on EDIT, and in the chart write your code, name, and the url of your blog. Finally click on save.

Thanks for your work!
Bye bye!



Today we will Do our final work with the phonetic alphabet IPA. Just follow the instructions to do today's activity.

In a word document with the title: Pronunciation Exercises. Create a chart as follows:


My IPA transcription

Correct IPA transcription

My pronunciation link

Now follow this instructions to fill the chart.

1. Select 5 of the following words and write them in the first column:

gorgeous, thoroughly, daughter, challenge, enhance, variety, influence, effect, whistle, throughout

2. Listen to their pronunciation by using this website. Practice your own pronunciation.

3. Try making the phonetic transcription according to what you heard. You can use the this website to make it. Copy your phonetic transcription in the second column.

4. Use the following website to verify the correct transcription and write it in the third column.

5. Now practice again the pronunciation of the words. Record them. Compare them with the exercise done in step 2. And when you are ready, go to step 6.

6. Record your pronunciation of the words in this website. Paste the link in the last column of your chart.

7. How was this exercise useful for you? Write your answer under the chart.

Thank you for your hard work. At the end of the exercise, please e-mail me your work to jorge.zea@ugc.edu.co Please write in the subject: (Your Name) Phonetics and Phonology