B2.1 / Intermediate Plus

B2.1 / Intermediate Plus

Lesson 0: English Sounds, Intonation & Stress


PART I: English vowels, diphthongs and consonant sounds

gʊd mɔrnɪŋ ɛvriwən. tədei wi wɪl lərn əbaʊt ɪŋglɪʃ ɪntəneʃən. ɪt ɪz vɛri ɪmpɔrtənt ðæt ju lərn fənɛtɪks ænd ɪntəneʃən ɪf ju wɑnt tu spik wɛl ænd lərn nju w3ːrdz. ju kæn ɒlso præktɪs ɒnlɑjn juzɪŋ ə dɪkʃənɛri.

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PART II: English Intonation & Stress

  • We shall look at and discuss the following presentation on English Intonation and Stress in class: 


    Alternatively, you can download the PDF file here.

  • Once you have read it, look at the following speech and listen to the clip below:


EXERCISE:

  1. Underline all the content words. 
    • How many did you underline?
  2. Mark all the pauses with a forward slash, as in the example.
    • How many pauses are there in all?
  3. Click on KEY to view the answers.

PART III: Chunking, chanting and rapping

You can improve your pronunciation by miming native speakers’ intonation. The chunking and chanting techniques can be used with Lyrics, so you can have fun along the way.