In the first post dedicated to PHONETICS we talked about the difficulties that Spanish people find on pronouncing words that start with a S followed by a consonant.
Today I would like to point out another challenging English sound: /ʃ/
Normally, adult Spaniards, but also children not used to English sounds, pronounce it /s/.
This means that, here in Spain, you can hear the word SHIP /ʃɪp/ pronounced /sɪp/ more often than you'd expect.
So here you have an ODD ONE OUT phonetic game that will , first of all, train your students' hearing to distinguish /ʃ/ sounds from /s/ sounds.
Secondly you will let them pronounce these sounds.
If they pronounce them wrong feel free to correct their pronunciation. They won't get hurt, on the contrary, they might find it quite curious and fun, because they have to move their facial muscles in an unusual way.
I usually make the /ʃ/ sound longer than necessary and, after a while, I add the rest of the word: SHHHHHHEEP.
Here's asheet you can use in class. Of course you can think about many more words to use for extending the activity.