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In this lesson we teach the sound devices of alliteration, assonance and onomatopoeia. If your learners are already familiar with these sound devices, you may choose not to show them the lesson, but instead simply to revise the definitions and have learners complete the task. There are three main ways of practising onomatopoeia: ask learners to provide sounds that aren’t actually words (tlot-tlot); to provide sound words that are genuine words (bang, crash, clatter, rustle); and to provide their own original words to describe something, for example, a tomato falling from three metres onto a concrete pavement (splatch). Other languages, such as Zulu, are wonderfully onomatopoeic and provide super examples, e.g. isithuthuthu, ugandaganda)
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