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– Match the words with their pictures and IPA transctiption:

applause    laughter    connect    surprise

– Which letter is pronounced /ə/ in each word?
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/əˈplɔːz/ – applause
/ˈlɑːftə/ – laughter
/kəˈnɛkt/ – connect
/səˈprʌɪz/ – surprise

The schwa sound /ə/ is commonly spelt in written English with any of < a, e, o, u >.
It only appears on unstressed syllables. 

– Listen and find a schwa sound in each word:
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Check your answers and repeat the words with the recording:

surround /səˈraʊnd/
perhaps /pəˈhaps/
apron /ˈeɪprən/
assist /əˈsɪst/
extra /ˈɛkstrə/
obtain /əbˈteɪn/
dancer /dɑːnsə/
collect /kəˈlɛkt/
pursuit /pəˈsjuːt/
applaud /əˈplɔːd/
forum /fɔːrəm/
woman /wʊmən/ 
anthem /ˈanθəm/
suspend /səˈspɛnd/
lawyer /ˈlɔɪə/
terror /ˈtɛrə/
collar /ˈkɒlə/
spectrum /ˈspɛktrəm/
button /ˈbʌtən/
problem /ˈprɒbləm/