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TOPIC

Students need to be able to recognize the attitudinal value of intonation patterns;


they should be given plenty of opportunities to repeat and mimic. They should be
encouraged to produce a range of patterns for themselves. How would you, as a language
teacher, make your students understand this?
Conduct a mini experimental research in a secondary level class on how to teach
intonation, record the findings and present in your class.

Abstract
Intonation, long thought to be a key to effectiveness in spoken language, is more
and more commonly addressed in English language teaching through the use of speech
visualization technology. While the use of visualization technology is a crucial advance
in the teaching of intonation, such teaching can be further enhanced by connecting
technology to an understanding of how intonation functions in discourse. This study
examines the intonation of four readers reading out-of-context sentences and then the
same sentences as part of coherent discourse-level texts. Two discourse-level uses of
intonation, the use of intonational paragraph markers (paratones) and the distribution of
tonal patterns, are discussed and implications for teaching intonation are addressed.