Now listen to the dialogue and tell me.// It’s over. What happened to them? Iris? Iris said grandpa can’t find his glasses and asked Li Lan to help him. Is she right? Yes, nicely done! Sit down please. And did they find it in the end? No? Why? Oliver. Because grandpa couldn’t hear Li Lan clearly and misunderstood her question. Is he right? Yes, excellent!
You all got the meaning of this dialogue clearly. Let’s pay attention to the tone they speak. Ok, let’s listen again.// Have you notice the tone of all these sentences? Yes? So who can tell me which sentences are the rising tone? Frank. Frank said they are “Can you come over here?” “Did you look in your coat pocket?” and “My boat?” Yes, quite right. But do you know why? No? You just listen that they said it in that way. That’s ok. Sit down please. Class. Let’s all look at the material together. Can you find if there is a similarity of the first two sentences? Yes? They are all questions? Indeed. But what kind of question? Oh, general questions. Yes. So can you conclude the rule now? Frank, try again. You said if the sentence is a general question, it should be spoken in a rising tone. Excellent. As for the last one. There is only a noun phrase, so we also use rising tone. clear?
Ok, then next question. Which sentences are the falling tone? Yes. Of course the rest of the dialogue. But can you find what kinds of sentences are they? Such as “what did you say?” Tina. It is a specific question? Yes. Good. Then sentence like “I need help finding my glasses.” They are…yes, we call them declarative sentence. Sit down please. Your have a solid grammar foundation.
While listening, do you find that some words are stressed and others are not? Yes? But what kinds of words can be stressed and what kinds are not? You can’t say it exactly? Ok, let’s listen again and this time, pay attention to what kinds of words did they stress.
The tape is over. Did you find it? Cindy, you said you find that words like “come, need, help, finding, glasses. Grandpa..fine..” are stressed. Good, you listened very carefully. Can you find what the property are they? They are nouns, and? Yes, nouns, verbs, adjectives. Right. sit down please. Apart from these three kinds of words, adverbials also needs to be stressed. But we don’t have an adverbial in the dialogue. But still remember that. Then almost the rest words are not stressed. Ok sit down. Oh I see Sara put up her hand. Sara please. You ask why the sentence “I SAID, WHERE DID YOU PUT THEM?” are all stressed? Good, you listened very carefully. The rules we conclude just now are general rules. But when someone really wants to stress on something he intends to let others pay attention. These words can also be stressed. Because grandpa can’t hear clearly. Li Lan stressed every word in a loud voice. Clear about all the rules now?