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READING ALOUD
SYLLABLE
SECTION 1
To understand
WORD STRESS
it helps to understand
SYLLABLES.
Every
WORD
is made from
SYLLABLES.
Every
WORD
has 1, 2, 3 or more
SYLLABLES.
1-syllable words
Dog Sun Shoes
CHALLENGE
Think of three 1-syllable words and
share it with your partner.
2-syllable words
Advise
ad -vise
Compete
com - pete
Discuss
dis - cuss
Quiet
qui-et
Orange
o -range
Table
ta - ble
Every
SYLLABLE
contains at least one
VOWEL
(a, e, i, o or u) or
VOWEL SOUND.
3-syllable words
Gratitude
Gra-ti-tude
CHALLENGE
Please separate the following words
into 3-syllable pattern.
1. Official
2. Elastic
3. Expensive
4-syllable words
Calculator
Cal-cu-la-tor
CHALLENGE
Please separate the following words
into 4-syllable pattern.
1. Economics
2. Geography
3. Secondary
5-syllable words
Electricity
E-lec-tri-ci-ty
CHALLENGE
Please separate the following words
into 5-syllable pattern.
1. Incompatible
2. Technological
3. Organization
WORD STRESS
SECTION 2
What is
WORD STRESS
?
WORD STRESS
is the
EMPHASIS
on one syllable.
What is
EMPHASIS
then?
EMPHASIS
is to stress the important syllable
LOUDLYand all the other syllables
QUIETLY .
Let's take 3 words
Photograph Photographer Photographic
Do they sound the same when spoken?
NO.
Word Stress
Total
syllables
Stressed
syllable
Photograph 3 #1
Photography 4 #2
Photographic 4 #3
We stress
ONE
syllable in
EACH
word.
It is
NOT
always the
SAME
syllable.
WORD STRESS
happens in
ALL
words with
2 OR MORE
syllables.
FOR EXAMPLE
TEACHer imPORtant converSAtion
CONCLUSION
ONE
word,
ONE
stress.
The
STRESS
is always
ON
a vowel.
WORD STRESS
PATTERN RULES
SECTION 3
2 RULES TO PREDICT STRESS
1. Suffixes
2. Parts of Speech
Use
SUFFIXES
to predict
STRESS.
What is a
SUFFIX
?
A
SUFFIX
is a few letters attached to the
END OF THE WORD
to change its meaning.
EXAMPLES
-ed -er -ing
-s -ing
STRESS
the
SUFFIX
itself..1
-EE Employee Refugee Trainee
-EER Engineer Career Volunteer
-ESE Chinese Japanese Portuguese
-IQUE Unique Antique Technique
STRESS
the syllable
BEFORE
the suffix..2
-IAL Memorial Financial Artificial
-UAL Visual Unusual Intellectual
-IAN Canadian Vegetarian Pedestrian
-SION Explosion Oc...
-IENT Ancient Sufficient Efficient
-CIOUS Delicious Conscious Suspicious
-TIOUS Ambitious Cautious Superstitious
-IC Acade...
-ITY Ability Necessity Publicity
-IFY Classify Terrify Humidify
-LOGY Biology Sociology Anthropology
-GRAPHY Geography Aut...
STRESS the
SECONDsyllable
BEFORE
the suffix..3
-ATE Operate Exaggerate Associate
-IZE Apologize Criticize Recognize
-ARY Secretary Necessary Contemporary
-OUS Dangerous ...
Use
PARTSof
SPEECH
to predict
STRESS.
1. STRESS the FIRST
syllable for NOUNS.
2. STRESSthe SECOND
syllable for VERBS.
.1
NOUN VERB EXAMPLE
record record
The bank recorded a new record
yesterday.
present present
He presented his wife with a bea...
Stress the FIRSTpart/ word for
COMPOUND NOUNS.
.2
Deadline Classroom Software
Typewriter Policeman Airplane
Stress the SECOND word for
TWO-WORD VERBS, but
the FIRSTpart for NOUN
equivalents..3
NOUN VERB
Here's the printout. He printed it out.
She's a dropout. She dropped out.
Where's the checkout counter? Can I ch...
CONCLUSION
1.Suffixes
1.1 Stress the suffix
itself
1.2 Stress the
syllable before the
suffix
1.3 Stress the
second syllable the
suffi...
LISTENING EXERCISES
LISTEN to
the recording.
FIND which
sentence in
each pair you
hear
CHOOSE
the correct
response.
E.g.
“Does Mary like
HISTORY?” or
“Does Mary like his
STORY?”
1. Yes, that's her favorite
subject.
2. No, she's heard it h...
1
“Why doesn't he like the DESERT?” or
“Why doesn't he like the DESSERT?”
1. It's too dry.
2. It's too sweet.
2
“What does he think of EUROPE?” or
“What does he think of YOUR ROPE?”
1. It's a wonderful place to go.
2. It's not stron...
3
“Is it ELEMENTARY?” or
“Is it a LEMON TREE?”
1. No, it's very advanced.
2. No, it's an orange tree.
PRACTICES
1. http://www.englishclub.com/pronunciation/word-stress-
quiz.htm
2. http://www.roadtogrammar.com/wordstress/
3....
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Reading Aloud Part 2 - Syllables and Word Stress (O' Level Oral Examination)

  1. 1. READING ALOUD
  2. 2. SYLLABLE SECTION 1
  3. 3. To understand WORD STRESS it helps to understand SYLLABLES.
  4. 4. Every WORD is made from SYLLABLES.
  5. 5. Every WORD has 1, 2, 3 or more SYLLABLES.
  6. 6. 1-syllable words Dog Sun Shoes
  7. 7. CHALLENGE Think of three 1-syllable words and share it with your partner.
  8. 8. 2-syllable words Advise ad -vise Compete com - pete Discuss dis - cuss Quiet qui-et Orange o -range Table ta - ble
  9. 9. Every SYLLABLE contains at least one VOWEL (a, e, i, o or u) or VOWEL SOUND.
  10. 10. 3-syllable words Gratitude Gra-ti-tude
  11. 11. CHALLENGE Please separate the following words into 3-syllable pattern. 1. Official 2. Elastic 3. Expensive
  12. 12. 4-syllable words Calculator Cal-cu-la-tor
  13. 13. CHALLENGE Please separate the following words into 4-syllable pattern. 1. Economics 2. Geography 3. Secondary
  14. 14. 5-syllable words Electricity E-lec-tri-ci-ty
  15. 15. CHALLENGE Please separate the following words into 5-syllable pattern. 1. Incompatible 2. Technological 3. Organization
  16. 16. WORD STRESS SECTION 2
  17. 17. What is WORD STRESS ?
  18. 18. WORD STRESS is the EMPHASIS on one syllable.
  19. 19. What is EMPHASIS then?
  20. 20. EMPHASIS is to stress the important syllable LOUDLYand all the other syllables QUIETLY .
  21. 21. Let's take 3 words Photograph Photographer Photographic
  22. 22. Do they sound the same when spoken? NO.
  23. 23. Word Stress Total syllables Stressed syllable Photograph 3 #1 Photography 4 #2 Photographic 4 #3
  24. 24. We stress ONE syllable in EACH word.
  25. 25. It is NOT always the SAME syllable.
  26. 26. WORD STRESS happens in ALL words with 2 OR MORE syllables.
  27. 27. FOR EXAMPLE TEACHer imPORtant converSAtion
  28. 28. CONCLUSION
  29. 29. ONE word, ONE stress.
  30. 30. The STRESS is always ON a vowel.
  31. 31. WORD STRESS PATTERN RULES SECTION 3
  32. 32. 2 RULES TO PREDICT STRESS 1. Suffixes 2. Parts of Speech
  33. 33. Use SUFFIXES to predict STRESS.
  34. 34. What is a SUFFIX ?
  35. 35. A SUFFIX is a few letters attached to the END OF THE WORD to change its meaning.
  36. 36. EXAMPLES -ed -er -ing -s -ing
  37. 37. STRESS the SUFFIX itself..1
  38. 38. -EE Employee Refugee Trainee -EER Engineer Career Volunteer -ESE Chinese Japanese Portuguese -IQUE Unique Antique Technique
  39. 39. STRESS the syllable BEFORE the suffix..2
  40. 40. -IAL Memorial Financial Artificial -UAL Visual Unusual Intellectual -IAN Canadian Vegetarian Pedestrian -SION Explosion Occasion Conclusion -TION Definition Production Situation
  41. 41. -IENT Ancient Sufficient Efficient -CIOUS Delicious Conscious Suspicious -TIOUS Ambitious Cautious Superstitious -IC Academic Energetic Fantastic -IBLE Edible Flexible Incredible
  42. 42. -ITY Ability Necessity Publicity -IFY Classify Terrify Humidify -LOGY Biology Sociology Anthropology -GRAPHY Geography Autobiography Photography -METER Kilometer Parameter Speedometer
  43. 43. STRESS the SECONDsyllable BEFORE the suffix..3
  44. 44. -ATE Operate Exaggerate Associate -IZE Apologize Criticize Recognize -ARY Secretary Necessary Contemporary -OUS Dangerous Mysterious Spontaneous
  45. 45. Use PARTSof SPEECH to predict STRESS.
  46. 46. 1. STRESS the FIRST syllable for NOUNS. 2. STRESSthe SECOND syllable for VERBS. .1
  47. 47. NOUN VERB EXAMPLE record record The bank recorded a new record yesterday. present present He presented his wife with a beautiful present. conduct conduct They're conducting a study into his conduct.
  48. 48. Stress the FIRSTpart/ word for COMPOUND NOUNS. .2
  49. 49. Deadline Classroom Software Typewriter Policeman Airplane
  50. 50. Stress the SECOND word for TWO-WORD VERBS, but the FIRSTpart for NOUN equivalents..3
  51. 51. NOUN VERB Here's the printout. He printed it out. She's a dropout. She dropped out. Where's the checkout counter? Can I check it out?
  52. 52. CONCLUSION
  53. 53. 1.Suffixes 1.1 Stress the suffix itself 1.2 Stress the syllable before the suffix 1.3 Stress the second syllable the suffix 2.PartsofSpeech 2.1 Stress the first syllable for nouns. Stress the second syllable for verbs. 2.2 Stress the first part/ word for compound nouns. 2.3 Stress the second word for two-word verbs, but the first part for noun equivalents.
  54. 54. LISTENING EXERCISES LISTEN to the recording. FIND which sentence in each pair you hear CHOOSE the correct response.
  55. 55. E.g. “Does Mary like HISTORY?” or “Does Mary like his STORY?” 1. Yes, that's her favorite subject. 2. No, she's heard it hundreds of times. If you hear the stress is on HISTORY, you choose the answer (1). If you hear the stress is on STORY, you choose the answer (2).
  56. 56. 1 “Why doesn't he like the DESERT?” or “Why doesn't he like the DESSERT?” 1. It's too dry. 2. It's too sweet.
  57. 57. 2 “What does he think of EUROPE?” or “What does he think of YOUR ROPE?” 1. It's a wonderful place to go. 2. It's not strong enough.
  58. 58. 3 “Is it ELEMENTARY?” or “Is it a LEMON TREE?” 1. No, it's very advanced. 2. No, it's an orange tree.
  59. 59. PRACTICES 1. http://www.englishclub.com/pronunciation/word-stress- quiz.htm 2. http://www.roadtogrammar.com/wordstress/ 3. http://esl.fis.edu/grammar/multi/stress.htm 4. http://www2.nkfust.edu.tw/~emchen/Pron/stress_exB.htm
  60. 60. Created by Goh Bang Rui Follow me on @slideshare. @gohbangrui bit.ly/gohbangrui

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