Sentence stress is a difficult area to work on for learners and teachers alike. For this reason it's also an area which is often neglected, but this aspect of the language can cause problems for learners in both their speaking and perhaps more importantly listening.
Photo: Watching their Ps and Qs: Intermediate ESOL students at City and Islington College
The two most frequent reasons learners give for wanting to improve their pronunciation are to be taken seriously at work and to be better understood. These learners are well-educated in their own countries but feel their English accents alone are holding them back. In this article, Shweta Otiv looks at some activities to help learners improve their pronunciation.
This article was written by Shweta Otiv who teaches ESOL and Functional Skills (English) at City and Islington College in North London and is a lead tutor for the college’s Centre for Lifelong Learning. She speaks five languages, including her parents’ mother tongue, Marathi, with a degree in French Studies and a Masters in Arts Management.