I am often surprised at how focusing on the "stress - timed" quality of English helps students improve their pronunciation skills. Students often focus on pronouncing each word correctly and therefore tend to pronounce in an unnatural manner. By focusing on the stress - timed factor in English - the fact that only principle words such as proper nouns, principle verbs, adjectives and adverbs receive the "stress" - students soon begin sounding much more "authentic" as the cadence of the language begins to ring true. The following lesson focuses on raising awareness of this issue and includes practice exercises.
Aim: Improving pronunciation by focusing on the stress - time nature of spoken English
Activities: Awareness raising followed by practical application exercises including: function or content word recognition exercise, sentence stress analysis for spoken practice
Level: Intermediate to upper intermediate depending on student needs and awareness - recommended for upper level students who have a high level of understanding but are having problems with fluency in communication caused by pronunciation problems.