Stress & Intonation Copy

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1. Stress in longer words

exercise / syllabe (Ooo): There are three syllables in the word exercise.

computer / example (oOo): Computer is an example of three-syllable words.

understand / Japanese (ooO): I can’t understand Japanese.

supermaket (Oooo): Do you like small shops or supermarkets?

photography (oOoo): Are you interested in photography?

information / mathematics (ooOo): I’d like some information about mathematics courses.

vocabulary (oOooo): Will you help me with my vocabulary?

university (ooOoo): Which university did you go to?

communication (oooOo): Email is very helpful for communication.

2. Stress in compound words

Oo: airport / bathroom / bus stop / car park / classroom / football / girlfriend

Ooo: bus station / dining room / hairdresser / newspaper / post office / sunglasses

Oooo: photocopy / railway station / shop assistant

oOoo: police station

oOooo: computer programme

3. Reading aloud: stress, phrases and pauses

Text 1

  1. Read this story, and make sure you understand it.

Lots of people get arrested for dangerous driving, of course. But how old is the oldest? Who’s the world record holder? Well, I read about a man who was a hundred and four! He went through red lights, crashed into parked cars and drove along the pavement. And how old was his car? Only thirty.

2. Listen to the story, reading at the same time, and notice the pauses between the lines.

Lots of people 
get arrested 
for dangerous driving, 
of course. 
But
how old 
is the oldest? 
Who's the world record holder?
Well, 
I read about a man 
who was 
a hundred and four!
He went through red lights, 
crashed into parked cars
and drove along the pavement.
And how old was his car? 
Only thirty.

3. Listen again and pay attention to the stresses.

Lots of people 
get arrested 
for dangerous driving, 
of course. 
But 
how old 
is the oldest? 
Who's the world record holder?
Well, 
I read about a man 
who was 
a hundred and four!
He went through red lights, 
crashed into parked cars
and drove along the pavement.
And how old was his car? 
Only thirty.

4. Now practice reading the story.

Text 2

  1. Read this story, and make sure you understand it.

A few years ago I read in a newspaper that the staff at a library in a small town in the west of England had noticed that the number of visitors to the library was going down and down, and the number of books they were borrowing was going down even faster. They couldn’t understand this, so they decided to do some research to find out the reason. They interviewed people and asked to fill in questionnaires and so on. And guess what they discovered. The reason was simply that everybody had read all the books already!

2. Listen to the story, reading at the same time, and notice the pauses between the lines.

A few years ago 
I read in a newspaper 
that the staff at a library 
in a small town in the west of England 
had noticed 
that the number of visitors to the library 
was going down and down, 
and the number of books they were borrowing 
was going down even faster. 
They couldn't understand this, 
so they decided to do some research
to find out the reason. 
They interviewed people 
and asked to fill in questionnaires 
and so on. 
And guess what they discovered. 
The reason was 
simply 
that everybody had read all the books already!

3. Listen again and pay attention to the stresses.

A few years ago 
I read in a newspaper 
that the staff at a library 
in a small town in the west of England 
had noticed 
that the number of visitors to the library 
was going down and down, 
and the number of books they were borrowing 
was going down even faster. 
They couldn't understand this, 
so they decided to do some research
to find out the reason. 
They interviewed people 
and asked to fill in questionnaires 
and so on. 
And guess what they discovered. 
The reason was 
simply 
that everybody had read all the books already!

4. Now practice reading the story.

Text 3

  1. Read this story, and make sure you understand it.

This seems unbelievable but it’s a tru story in fact. A farmer was working in the fields with his tractor. The tractor crashed and he fell out and landed on the ground unconscious. As he fell, his mobile phone fell out of his pocket. Soon after, a bird that was flying around the fields saw the phone and started pecking it with it beak. Amazingly it dialled the number 999 and soon the emergency services arrived to help the farmer.

2. Listen to the story, reading at the same time, and notice the pauses between the lines.

This seems unbelievable 
but it's a true story 
in fact. A farmer 
was working in the fields 
with his tractor. 
The tractor crashed 
and he fell out 
and landed on the ground 
unconscious. 
As he fell, 
his mobile phone 
fell out of his pocket. 
Soon after, 
a bird that was flying around the fields
saw the phone 
and started pecking it 
with it beak. 
Amazingly 
it dialled the number 999
and soon the emergency services arrived
to help the farmer.

3. Listen again and pay attention to the stresses.

This seems unbelievable 
but it's a true story 
in fact. A farmer 
was working in the fields 
with his tractor. 
The tractor crashed 
and he fell out 
and landed on the ground 
unconscious. 
As he fell, 
his mobile phone 
fell out of his pocket. 
Soon after, 
a bird that was flying around the fields
saw the phone 
and started pecking it 
with it beak. 
Amazingly 
it dialled the number 999
and soon the emergency services arrived
to help the farmer.

4. Now practice reading the story.

4. Intonation

1. I was walking along the street one day, on Tuesday, I think, and I saw a wallet on the pavement.

2. I was waiting for the bus yesterday, as usual, and suddenly I heard an explosion.

3. I was lying in bed last night, round about midnight, and I heard a knock at the door.

4. I was watching the news one night, and suddenly I saw myself in the shopping centre.

5. Reading aloud: intonation

Text 1

  1. Read this story, and make sure you understand it.

I was doing my shopping one day, as usual, and I was walking past the antique shop, and I saw a beautiful old vase in the window, with red and blue and yellow flowers on it. And I stood there looking at this vase and thinking I’d really like to buy it, and I went in and looked at it and asked about the price, but of course it was much too expensive. And I did the rest of my shopping and went back home. And a few days later I walked past the same shop and noticed that the vase wasn’t there, and I thought that was the end of it. Anyway, a couple of weeks later it was my birthday and I had a little party for a few of my friends, and they arrived with a huge parcel and said, ‘Happy birthday! We’ve got a really special present for you!’ So I opened it and guess what, it was the vase from the antique shop!

2. Listen to the story, reading at the same time, and notice the intonation.

I was doing my shopping one day, 
as usual, 
and I was walking past the antique shop, 
and I saw a beautiful old vase in the window, 
with red and blue and yellow flowers on it. 
And I stood there looking at this vase 
and thinking 
I'd really like to buy it, 
and I went in 
and looked at it 
and asked about the price, 
but of course it was much too expensive. 
And I did the rest of my shopping 
and went back home. 
And a few days later 
I walked past the same shop 
and noticed that the vase wasn't there, 
and I thought that was the end of it.
Anyway, 
a couple of weeks later 
it was my birthday 
and I had a little party 
for a few of my friends, 
and they arrived with a huge parcel and said, 
'Happy birthday! 
We've got a really special present for you!' 
So I opened it 
and guess what, 
it was the vase 
from the antique shop!

3. Now practice reading the story.

Text 2

  1. Read this story, and make sure you understand it.

I was walking along the street one day, on Tuesday, I thin, and I saw a wallet on the pavement. Well, I picked it up and I thought: I’ll take it to the police, and I was in a hurry, you see, so I put it in my bag and forgot about it. And I went to work, as usual, and did the shopping, you know, and went home, and then I remembered the wallet. Anyway, I took it out of my bag and had a look inside, and there was some money, and some cards, and tickets and so on, and a photo, and I looked at the photo and suddenly I thought: I know him! It was an old friend from school, you see, and the last time I saw him was years ago. Well, I looked in the wallet and found this phone number and phoned him, and he was pretty surprised, of course, but he remembered me, and we’re going to meet tomorrow.

2. Listen to the story, reading at the same time, and notice the intonation.

I was walking along the street one day, on Tuesday, I thin, and I saw a wallet on the pavement. Well, I picked it up and I thought: I’ll take it to the police, and I was in a hurry, you see, so I put it in my bag and forgot about it. And I went to work, as usual, and did the shopping, you know, and went home, and then I remembered the wallet. Anyway, I took it out of my bag and had a look inside, and there was some money, and some cards, and tickets and so on, and a photo, and I looked at the photo and suddenly I thought: I know him! It was an old friend from school, you see, and the last time I saw him was years ago. Well, I looked in the wallet and found this phone number and phoned him, and he was pretty surprised, of course, but he remembered me, and we’re going to meet tomorrow.

3. Now practice reading the story.

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