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The articulation station is a great application for teaching phonemic awareness both to elementary students as well as English language learners. The way it works is you start with a sound or a letter, for example, I'll choose P. Here I can either look at words, sentences or stories. I'm going to go and click on the Word's tab. And I have two options. I can play matching game or I can go through a variety of flashcards. If I was teaching in an elementary class, I could simply pull up the flash cards, and then have the opportunity to either review the phonetic position at the beginning of the word, in the middle of the word, or at the end of the word.
I'm going to go ahead and choose the beginning of the word by clicking the Initial button on the right-hand side. I'll click the red Begin icon to start. So at this point the flash cards will come up and to hear how the P sound is pronounced, I can go ahead and just tap on the flashcard. >> Pig. >> Once a student feels they've mastered that word, they can simply slide left to move onto the next flashcard. They can once again tap on the flashcard to play that word. >> Parrot. >> Students can also go through and record their own pronunciation. That way they can compare, side by side, their pronunciation with the application's pronunciation.
For example, I'll go and record the word parrot. Parrot. So now if I want to compare how I said it, I could first listen to the words being said. >> Parrot. >> And now I can play back what I said. Parrot. After hearing the recording and hearing my own pronunciation, if I feel I've mastered this word, I can simply click the green Check button. It'll add it as a mastery word, and I can go ahead and move on to the next word, which is pickles. Once a student has worked through all the flashcards with the initial P sound, they can then select medial, unselect initial, and now they can flip to the next card, which will have the P in the middle, such as slippers.
And after a student has mastered the medial P sounds, they can also add the final P sounds, slide to the next card and then try pronouncing something like makeup, where the P sound comes at the end. Now the free version's application only has one letter available for you. This is a powerful application that can really transform student pronunciation as well as giving students the power to practice their own pronunciation. The full version of this does cost $50, but might be a good investment if you go a student that's really struggling with their pronunciation.
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