Its not what you say, but how you say it.
When we speak, we express meaning through rising and falling pitch tones in our voices. Helping students to visualise the intonation patterns of English raises their awareness and helps them to achieve more native like pronunciation. A lot of the research to date has focused on the use software which gives students the opportunity to compare the rises and falls of their own intonation with native speakers. While this research is useful in principle, many schools do not have the technological resources to teach intonation in this way.
- How important do you think it is for students to learn English intonation?
- Do you know of, or use any materials for teaching intonation? How effective do you think they are?
- Can you think of any practical ways to help students visualise native speaker intonation in the classroom?