Welcome back everyone. In the last short article we gave examples of 2 syllable words. We used fruits and vegetables to help children become familiar with word stress patterns in English. In this week’s short article we look at words with 3 syllables.
When we look at 3 syllable words we notice that words have PRIMARY STRESS (the syllable with the main stress) and SECONDARY STRESS (the syllable with stress that is weaker than the PRIMARY STRESS). The poster below illustrates this.
Words with 3 syllables can have different patterns. The poster below shows five different stress patterns.
Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs and Spices
A nice way to help your students become familar with these stress patterns is to use fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices. The reason for this is because these items are easy to teach (students most likely see these often in their lives) and they have a variety of stress patterns. In other words fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices are nice representations of English words that follow the stress patterns illustrated above. For example, the word ‘computer’ follows the same stress pattern as ‘cucumber’ and ‘remember’ follows the same stress pattern as ‘banana’.
Stress Blobs are fun visuals we have come up with to help you and your students follow stress patterns in 3 syllable words. The shape, size and colours should make it easier to guide your pronunciation as you try to improve your own pronunciation of 3 syllable words before you teach them to your students. You can download our posters below and put on your classroom wall!
Examples of Stress Patterns in 3 Syllable Words with Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs and Spices
Below we present our flashcards giving examples of each of the stress patterns above. Each flashcard comes with an audio you can listen to. Can you see the Stress Blobs on each flashcard?
That is the end of this week’s article. We hope you enjoyed reading it and found it useful to help improve your own pronunciation and the pronunciation of your students. In our next article we will look at 4 syllable words! Hope you will find it useful!
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