- Preliminary Unit
- Lesson 0: English Sounds, Intonation & Stress
- Lesson 1: Direct and indirect questions
- Lesson 2: Present Perfect
- Lesson 3: How to write a forum entry
- Lesson 4: Perfect VS. Continuous Aspect
- Lesson 5: The Passive
- Lesson 6: Complaint letters
- Lesson 7: Narrative Tenses
- Lesson 8: Re-telling a story
- Lesson 9: Wishes & Regrets / Position of adverbs
- Lesson 10: Proverbs, Interjections and Pet words
- Lesson 11: Describing a film scene & Action verbs
- Lesson 12: Past habits (used to/would)
- Lesson 13: Future tenses I
- Lesson 14: Describing procedures
- Lesson 15: Review of articles
- Lesson 16: Conditionals
- Lesson 17: Reports with statistics & News articles
- Lesson 18: Modal verbs I
- Lesson 19: Future Perfect Tenses
- Lesson 20: Formal and informal emails
- Lesson 22: Quantifiers II
- Lesson 23: Reported speech
- Lesson 24: Discursive Essays
- Lesson 25: Mixed conditionals
- Lesson 26: Verbs followed by gerunds and/or infinitives
- Lesson 27: Past Modals
- Lesson 28: Crime&Law vocabulary
- Lesson 29: Reporting an incident & Scams
- Lesson 30: Relative Clauses II
- Lesson 31: Book and Film reviews
- Lesson 32: Participle clauses
Lesson 0: English Sounds, Intonation & Stress
PART I: English vowels, diphthongs and consonant sounds
- Let’s start off by reviewing the English Sounds. You can add words you know next to each sound and then make relevant sentences to repeat out loud. Please note it includes a worksheet to practise.
- Check what you’ve learned with these online exercises:
- You can use a Text-to-speech Reader to hear full sentences; or try an Online Converter to see the transcription of full sentences. There’s this interactive Phonemic Chart for further practice of isolated sounds.
- Remember there are a number of apps to help you improve your pronunciation:
- You can also check the following exercise on Homophones like AUNT and AREN’T /a:nt/. For advanced students there is this Comprehensive List of British Homophones.
- Test your Transcription skills and then complete this Phonetics Exercise. There is also a worksheet on Silent Letters. Finally, read the following paragraph out loud and then write it down:
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.
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:
- Underline all the content words.
- How many did you underline?
- Mark all the pauses with a forward slash, as in the example.
- How many pauses are there in all?
- 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.