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What Is Intonation?
In linguistics, intonation is variation of pitch while speaking which is not used to distinguish words. It contrasts with tone, in which pitch variation does distinguish words. Intonation, rhythm, and stress are the three main elements of linguistic prosody. Intonation patterns in some languages, such as Swedish and Swiss German, can lead to conspicuous fluctuations in pitch, giving speech a sing-song quality. Fluctuations in pitch either involve a rising pitch or a falling pitch. Intonation is found in every language and even in tonal languages, but the realisation and function are seemingly different. It is used in non-tonal languages to add attitudes to words (attitudinal function) and to differentiate between wh-questions, yes-no questions, declarative statements, commands, requests, etc. Intonation can also be used for discourse analysis where new information is realised by means of intonation. It can also be used for emphatic/contrastive purposes.
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Intonation, rhythm, and stress worksheets

Intonation, rhythm, and stress are a major part of learning how to speak English well. Students should be given plenty of speaking practice during their classes and may occasionally need special lessons devoted to these topics. We have 41 such activities on Busy Teacher. This intonation worksheet, for example, is a well organized role play activity you can use to give your students practice using English in a real life situation. The activity includes all directions and teaching materials including a script.

Intonation, rhythm, and stress become very important topics for advanced learners.

Beginners should be taught what syllable of new words are stressed but are not expected to have excellent intonation or rhythm when it comes to speaking or reading aloud. Advanced learners may have an excellent understanding of English but having incorrect intonation and rhythm when they are speaking will prevent them from coming across that way. Slash reading is an excellent method to practice this with intermediate and advanced learners. For slash reading, have students place slashes where a native speaker would naturally pause. I have been studying math, / science, / and history / for many years. / You can also use arrows to give students some guidance too. In the example above the arrows would go down, down, up, and down. These are some very simple approaches to a complex topic.

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American Headway Elementary Listening Practice

American Headway Elementary Listening Practice

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Extensive listening practice for America Headway Elementary. The file provides the link where audio tracks are available for download. For each track I wrote the related questions. Exercises range ...
3 Elementary
Song Worksheet: Counting Stars by One Republic

Song Worksheet: Counting Stars by One Republic

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How to teach with music and lyrics: listen to this song , fill in the blanks with these words in the box.You can sometimes use them several times.Then find the rhyming words .Finally find the ...
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The Chaos, Poem for Pronunciation (PowerPoint)

The Chaos, Poem for Pronunciation (PowerPoint)

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Gerard Nolst Trenité (1870-1946), who wrote under the pseudonym of Charivarius, was a Dutch writer, traveler and teacher. In 1922 he wrote The Chaos (also often known by its opening line, D ...
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Pronunciation of Car Makes - Phonetic Transcription

Pronunciation of Car Makes - Phonetic Transcription

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You can use this worksheet as a handout just to make your ss aware that car makes are pronounced differently in English. I did it as a matching exercise: you cut it into pieces and ss task was to ...
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The Sounds [tʃ] [ʃ]

The Sounds [tʃ] [ʃ]

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Pronunciation practice with digraphs. Give worksheets to the students with the words that include letters "sh" and "ch". The task is to indicate how the letters "sh" and “ch” are prono ...
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Song Worksheet:Iris by Goo Goo Dolls (Function Words Reduction)

Song Worksheet:Iris by Goo Goo Dolls (Function Words Reduction)

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This a cloze exercise based on the song Iris by Goo Goo Dolls, and its purpose is to have students practice listening to function words that are reduced, contracted, or pronounced with weak sounds ...
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Intonation, Stress and Voice Tonality

Intonation, Stress and Voice Tonality

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I created this worksheet as a starter at my lesson on public speaking, but it might be used as a warmer or a part of any lesson where ss have to speak. It contains the information on how importan ...
14 Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
The Chaos (the Pronunciation Poem Ready to Be Printed)

The Chaos (the Pronunciation Poem Ready to Be Printed)

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If you can pronounce correctly every word in this poem, you would be speaking English better than the most native speakers in the world. After trying the verses, a French man said he'd prefer six ...
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Public Transport Early Reader and Activities

Public Transport Early Reader and Activities

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A 4 page early reader and additional activities for review of sightwords and to introduce vocabulary for public transport. Sight words: a, the, see, I, look, at, can. Vocabulary:&nb ...
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The Chaos- Poem for Pronunciation

The Chaos- Poem for Pronunciation

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Gerard Nolst Trenité (1870-1946), who wrote under the pseudonym of Charivarius, was a Dutch writer, traveler and teacher. In 1922 he wrote The Chaos (also often known by its opening line, D ...
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Phonic Sounds

Phonic Sounds

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This is a tutorial  worksheet related to the english sound /p/, /b/, /t/, /d/. The tutorial will help the students to understand  each phonic sound with examples. The pictures used in th ...
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Phonetic Challenge

Phonetic Challenge

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Useful when you are teaching phonetics/sounds of English - helps students to see how the phonemes work. Takes only a few minutes but is a great pair or small group activity. Can be modified if you ...
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Countries and Nationalities PPT

Countries and Nationalities PPT

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This ppt has a short conversation that could be read by students using several intonations. You can ask ss to read the conversation laughing, crying, scared etc. Then, it includes "guessings" abou ...
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Word Stress in the Sentence

Word Stress in the Sentence

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This presentation can help you while teaching stressed syllables of the word and stressed words within the sentence. I have also mentioned the heteronyms (heterophones). I hope it will be useful f ...
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Intermediate/Advanced Oral Presentation Rubric

Intermediate/Advanced Oral Presentation Rubric

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Here is a rubric that is designed to help teachers assess prepared oral presentations by students at the Intermediate/Advanced levels. The rubric contains the following categories to be assessed: ...
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Pronunciation of the Phonetic Vowels /ai/ and /i/

Pronunciation of the Phonetic Vowels /ai/ and /i/

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This worksheet is to identify the difference between the long /ai/ sound and the short /i/ sounds that are otften confused by learners. It can be used to find patterns (e.g. the magic 'e' which tr ...
18 Pre-Intermediate
Practice for Phonetics and Phonology [Advanced Students]

Practice for Phonetics and Phonology [Advanced Students]

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This worksheet is meant for students at advanced levels to practice transcription into IPA and pronunciation. It consists of a series of texts from different authors, including Shakespeare, fairy ...
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Idioms & Phonetics

Idioms & Phonetics

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Hello, this is another activity dealing with phonetics symbols, this time it is a text about idioms. The purpose of the task is to choose the correct sound of some words in the text; it's somethin ...
9 All levels
Song Worksheet: Safe and Sound by Taylor Swift

Song Worksheet: Safe and Sound by Taylor Swift

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Students like songs. If they have read or seen The Hunger Games, they will like this song. The lyrics are a bit simple but they can revise vocabulary and present simple and future tenses. It's a g ...
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Silent Letters in Enlgish Words

Silent Letters in Enlgish Words

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This worksheet includes a classification of the silent letters (clusters of letters) in English words between brackets with plenty of examples. It can be useful when students are handicapped by th ...
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Song Worksheet: I Say a Little Prayer for You [Present Simple Routines]

Song Worksheet: I Say a Little Prayer for You [Present Simple Routines]

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This is a good song to work with daily routines and present simple. It's good to introduce new terms such as comb your hair, put on make up and run for the bus. It is also a good song to introduce ...
28 Elementary
Speaking: Intonation and Feelings

Speaking: Intonation and Feelings

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Includes two different tasks. Explain that 'intonation' is very important in English to show how the speaker is feeling and what his or her attitude is to the listener. Use the example 'really? ' ...
13 All levels
Rhyming Words Worksheet

Rhyming Words Worksheet

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The students will read the sentences and encircle the words that rhyme with the word in bold font. Sometimes there are two or more rhyming words in the sentence. They may also add more words to t ...
12 Elementary
Prepositions of Place

Prepositions of Place

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This worksheet provides prompts for students to make their own examples. I ususally have them practice pronunciation and check learning and understanding. They practice a telephone conversation in ...
12 Complete Beginner Elementary
The Golem of Prague: Pronunciation and Short Stories

The Golem of Prague: Pronunciation and Short Stories

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Hello, this is the fifth activity of a series to come dealing with pronunciation. These are activities I create to use in class, the stories are taken from http://www.storynory.com from where you ...
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