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Word-Stress Exercises

on July 11, 2012

Students love to work on computers. As such, providing some online exercises can help students learn and make the learning more fun. At various sites, find simple quiz-formulated exercises to test students. These exercises have a variety of forms. In one, a word is broken into syllables and the student must select the correct syllable to stress. In another, several words are provided as choices and the student might be directed to select the word that sounds different from the rest or might be asked which of the words does not rhyme. Be sure to check the site personally to make sure the site contains the correct pronunciation, as some might contain stress information on British English pronunciation while others will stress American English.

Many sites also have audio components allowing students to play and listen to proper stresses. For these, you’ll have to have computers with speakers and preferably a headset set up. Schools often will have a language lab you can use for this.

Other sites contain games to help the students enjoy learning. You can find both crossword puzzles and mazes for students to “play” while learning. The crossword is drawn with different-sized squares to indicate the length and stress in the word and a word list is provided for students to fit into the puzzle. For the maze, the student player begins at the start and clicks the boxes on those words in which the stress is on the first of three syllables. If done correctly, the student will wind his way through the words and reach the end.

Classroom Exercises

  • Teachers can mimic some of the games found online. They can make up their own crosswords and mazes, putting them on paper to be handed out. In class, these can be done as assignments or, for fun, institute them as races where the first student to complete the crossword or maze correctly wins a small token prize. Teachers should be prepared to have several of these as handouts, as students will likely want a rematch to try again. To ensure other kids can win, perhaps exclude winners from following races.

    As an additional assignment, have a printout that comes from a passage in a book. Double space it so the students will have room to mark the stresses on each word. For additional difficultly, consider adding in lines from poems in which the stresses might be artificially altered. Or use passages from Dr. Seuss where there will be made-up words as well, but the flow of the poetry should help with determining the correct stress.

    Also have students read aloud to practice word stress. For this, consider reading passages that will be fun for the student. Again consider Dr. Seuss, especially for younger children, although teachers might be surprised to find that older children still enjoy Dr. Seuss’ odd rhymes and wild tales.


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