When your learners’ pronunciation is assessed in the IELTS speaking exam, the examiner is checking their sound, word, and SENTENCE level pronunciation.

To help them become more aware of the role intonation plays in modifying meaning, you could have them do the following exercise:

“Practice saying the following words and phrases out loud to imply the emotions below them. Take turns trying to find out what emotion your partner might be feeling.

1) ‘Good morning’

• betrayed

• indifferent

• desperate

2) ‘Happy birthday’

• playful

• thankful

• inspired

3) ‘Hello’

• curious

• stupid

• threatened”.

Any other emotion that could go with #1, 2, and 3? 

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