- Preliminary Unit
- Lesson 0: English Sounds, Intonation & Stress
- Lesson 1: Perfect VS. Continuous Aspect
- Lesson 2: Present & Past habits
- Lesson 3: How to write a personal profile / Describing people
- Lesson 4: Wishes & Regrets / Position of adverbs
- Lesson 5: Verbs followed by gerunds and/or infinitives
- Lesson 6: How to write a discursive essay (expressing opinions) / City life
- Lesson 7: Noun phrases / Landscapes
- Lesson 8: How to write a proposal / Country life
- Lesson 9: Relative Clauses II
- Lesson 10: Education & IT vocabulary
- Lesson 11: How to write a summary
- Lesson 12: Modal verbs & Phrases
- Lesson 13: Crime&Law vocabulary / Social issues
- Lesson 14: The passive & Introductory it (reporting verbs)
- Lesson 15: Phrasal verbs
- Lesson 16: Idioms (secrets, opinions, relaxing), proverbs & pet words
- Lesson 17: Future forms / Prepositional phrases
- Lesson 18: Concession clauses & Fashion vocabulary
- Lesson 19: Describing cause&effect / A report based on statistics
- Lesson 20: Cleft sentences / How to write a leaflet
- Lesson 21: Participle clauses
- Lesson 22: Re-telling a story & Narrative tenses
- Lesson 23: Reported speech / Post in a travel forum for a dream holiday
- Lesson 24: How to write a review of an exhibition
- Lesson 25: Verbs tenses for unreal situations / Adverbials of time, manner, frequency, probability and purpose
- Lesson 26: Ranting & Raving
- Lesson 27: Inversion / For&Against Essay
- Lesson 28: Comparative structures
- Lesson 29: How to fill in an application & Writing Cvs
- Lesson 30: How to become an ACE Customer Services Agent (Practicum)
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.