Classifying Vowels

Classifying words according to their vowel sounds

These exercises can help students not to make pronunciation mistakes induced by the spelling.

In some of the exercises there are a lot of words but don’t be frightened – they’re quite quick to do.

Click on the image to see a larger version. It gives you the answers so only do it if you’re really lost.

Classifying English Vowel Sounds - common spellings - key

Classifying English Vowel Sounds

For teachers

If you’d like to do this as a classroom exercise, see this article which includes downloadable handouts for students: Classifying English Vowel Sounds.

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