Hello everyone. My name’s Phil Todd and today
I’m going to talk about word stress and intonation during presentations. First some definitions. Stress and intonation are used for a variety
of purposes in English. When presenting, they are often used to make the important content
of your talk clear. Often there is a rise in intonation on a key word. But sometimes,
there is a fall, especially at the end of sentences. The important thing is that there
is a “contrast” in intonation with words that surround the one you want to stress. Without
appropriate stress and intonation, your listeners may miss the points you are trying to make.
What’s worse, you may end up sounding like a robot.
To make it easier for you to understand, I’m going to say a short sentence without stressing
any of the key words, and with no intonation. OK, here it is. My name’s Phil Todd and I work at the English Language Centre. Would you want to continue listening to me if I spoke like that? I don’t think so!
Ok, here is the same sentence with key words stressed. My name’s Phil Todd and I work at the English Language Centre. Much better right? OK, so now I’m going to say a short introduction.
First read though the introduction in your notes. Underline two words in each sentence
that you think should be stressed. To help you do this, try to identify which two words
carry the most important information. Understand? So, now pause the video! When you’re ready,
start the video again. Good morning, everyone. Thank you.
Thank you all for coming We’re delighted to be able to present to you
today. My name’s Phil, and I’d like to introduce
my partner James. We’re both studying design.
OK, let me ask you a question: how many of you own a smartphone?
Please put up your hand if you do Well, it seems that nearly all of you own
one. OK, now, let me show you a picture This is the first smartphone. It was invented
in 1992 by IBM. Now the question is: are they safe to use? Well, this is the aim of our presentation
today Is frequent use of smartphones harmful to
us? We’ve divided the presentation into four parts.
First, I’ll talk about how we use smartphones in our daily life.
I’ll then outline the arguments that support the statement.
James will then present the arguments against it. He’ll also give a brief conclusion. Our presentation will last for around ten
minutes. We welcome any questions that you may have
at the end. Ok, that was the introduction. If you need
to hear it again, rewind the video by about 30 seconds. If not pause the video now and
double check your answers. Once you are ready, play the video from here, and you will hear
the introduction again, and also see the correct stress. Right, for more help with word stress and intonation, visit CILL in A305 and Z213.
And go to the CILL Facebook page. Scan the QR code or click the link below the video.