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E-02.04 Use Syllable-Stress Patterns in Geographical Place Names & Talk About Location

E-02.04 Use Syllable-Stress Patterns in Geographical Place Names & Talk About Location

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Part Two-5 (Tell Locations of Places with Syllable-Stress Patterns) from Talk About Places, from Beginners’ Before Speaking with Pronunciation Principles, pages 63-76 + Suggested Language to Use in Activities on pages 20-31 of Answers to Text Exercises

 14 + 12 = 26 pages 

Who It’s For: American-English Teachers & Helpers of (High) Beginners & Beyond Polishing the Clarity of Their Accents by Differentiating Among Syllable-Stress Patterns  

Why It’s Useful: Noting Numbers of Syllables—and which have Primary & Secondary Stress in words and phrases—will help (new) speakers of American English to articulate meaning comprehensibly and precisely.  The Dot– & Type-Size Notation of items in Explanations & Exercises will draw text users’ attention to—and help them replicate— Syllable-Stress Patterns.  The illustrated, geographically based content of the Download  will motivate—as will Challenge Activities & Games and Answer-Key samples.   

What You’ll Do: 

[1] Become familiar with the concept of “Syllable-Stress Patterns” plus “the Vocabulary of Geographical Place Names.”  Get comfortable with 1-6, a-e Numbering Systems that work: a digit for a Number of Syllables (like 1 for World, 3 for Africa, 6 for the Empire STATE Building, etc.) and a letter for primary syllable stress—as in a for BRItain, c for MissisSIPi, etc.  Also, learn to “read” arrangements of variably-sized Dots that indicate relative Syllable-Stress + lack of emphasis in words and phrases printed with CAPITAL vs. small letters + spacing.  Use these to read aloud and  pronounce up to 96 Place Names, matching them to their illustrations. Continue your rhythmic speech in talking about them   

[2] Following instruction in “Unstressed Words in Syllable-Stress Patterns,” “Tell About Location” in a musically-annotated Conversation based in Manhattan, New York. Continue with Challenge Activities: Guessing Games about Places in the World. 

[3]  The very detailed correct answers and suggested language to use will promote use of Answer-Key offerings in Self-Teaching (individualized skills building) and cooperative learning.

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