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  • English Word Stress and Pronunciation – Video

    I’ve been working with one of my students on pronunciation and I realize how difficult it can be in English. Firstly, English isn’t phonetic which makes it difficult to learn from reading. You could have a really high reading level and a low speaking level. Secondly, English has different syllable stress pattern so, you could have two words: PREsent-noun (gift) or preSENT-verb (to give information to an audience).I’ve been working with one of my students on pronunciation and I realize how difficult it can be in English. Firstly, English isn’t phonetic which makes it difficult to learn from reading. You could have a really high reading level and a low speaking level. Secondly, English has different syllable stress pattern so, you could have two words: PREsent-noun (gift) or preSENT-verb (to give information to an audience).<p style=”color: #000000;”>Word stress is the<b> key</b> to spoken English. English language learners who speak English to native speakers without using word stress, have two problems:</p>
    <ol style=”color: #000000;”> <li>They find it difficult to understand native speakers, especially those speaking fast.</li> <li>Native speakers may find it difficult to understand them.</li></ol><p style=”color: #000000;”>So with these complications how does an English language learner figure out pronunciation? Practice; both listening and speaking with a teacher that corrects you. A great way I’ve found for my students is poetry and music because it is easier to imitate the rhythm. Also there are some rules that you’ll find in the video below.</p><iframe src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/UlGLWnGVDw8?rel=0″ width=”560″ height=”315″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”></iframe>
    Watch this piece of spoken poetry about teaching, to hear English word stress clearly:
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    1. Those who can ___ and those who can’t ________.
    2. I decide to ____ my _____ instead of his. What does this mean?
    3. I mean you’re a teacher Taylor, I mean ____ __ what do you make?
    4. How dare you ____ my ____ with anything less.
    5. What does he make parents do?
    6. I make kids _____, I make them _______, I make them _____ I make them apologize and _____ it.
    7. Which words will his students never misspell again?
    Here is a whole link from TED on spoken word. Listen to the rythmm, try saying it with them. Check out the rules below.