How do you teach English pronunciation? One area often problematic for learners is stress timing. Watch Rachael below, using chants and rounds to help her learners.

Do you have any ideas to add? Leave a comment below!



Very interesting indeed. I'll surely try the activity in my class.Thank you.Dharmendra.India.

What a nice teacher! That reminds me of a technique for stress, which is like this: we use the sound LA for the stressed syllable, and li for the others. Therefore: PREFER would be li LA , REMEMBER would be li LA li, and so on. It's important that it sound like a chant. Students find it very nice and learn the stress of words more easily.  

Your technique is wonderful. In Romania teachers repeat the words many times. The stress in our mother tongue resembles the stress in English, so for the Romanian students it is not so very difficult to memorize a correct pronunciation.
Best regards,

This is a fun classroom, you can see all the pupils want to perticipate, the rhymes also makes the words memorable! 

You wrapped up the commentary with a phrase that hit home: "...especially in China..." you said. Nail on the head! I've been working with some senior middle school students for the last few months on  just this point and it doesn't seem to get into their skulls like I want it to. Forcing this rhyme might just be the key to understanding -- the rhyming structure fails without the proper stress, while regular speech can be spoken just as they've learned it once they leave class, even if they have actually understood my points. So, it's black socks for me, starting tomorrow. Looks like this kind of exercise will find a place in my toolkit for next term as well -- school holiday begins in two weeks! Thanks loads for the effort to show this to us!

I appreciate your efforts  at first encourage me to train my self and my students.While Iwas doing so I lost my keys in the bus latter I found them!
Thank you very much
Warm regards

I usually use these activities and I think they are effective.


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