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Teaching speaking - Unit 4: stress and intonation

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Unit 4 looks at stress and intonation. In the video you will see teachers in their classrooms and the trainer, John Kay, talking about how to help students be more aware of the stress, rhythm and intonation of English. This unit contains a short video, interactive reflection activities and PDFs with additional activities, answer key and further opportunities for reflection. If you are a teacher trainer and are planning to use the material in a face-to-face context, there is a set of trainer notes for each topic.

The interactive and downloadable material asks you or your trainees to think about specific pronunciation problems with stress, rhythm and intonation. You will need to match techniques to improve stress rhythm and intonation to specific pronunciation problems and try out some pronunciation activities.

The videos in this series express the view that “English language teaching has the same challenges the world over”, but that the solutions to these problems depend very much on the local context, and for this reason the approach taken focuses on tasks that enable the participants to relate the video to their own specific practice and experience.

Interactive tasks and video
Watch the video below. It shows Montakarn, Pathumporn, Sumalee and Supote talking about how they help students be more aware of the stress, rhythm and intonation of English. John Kay, the teacher trainer, provides commentary and advice.

Task 1: Intonation, rhythm and stress ideas. This task asks you to recall the ideas used in the video to help students with intonation, stress and rhythm

Task 2: Identifying techniques. This task asks you to suggest the techniques that are useful for different problems


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