,   Ages 7-8

If you work with individuals who have unusual or robotic sounding speech, it might be an issue with prosody. Part 2 of Prosody Park teaches the importance of intonation, or the patterns of rising and falling pitch that we use when we speak. This is not intended for English learners to improve their accent, but to teach the pragmatics behind prosody.


Activity Content:

1. Questions: Prosody
Park!, Part 2: Intonation
2. Questions: 2
intonation, 1
stress, 3
phrasing, Prosody
3. Soundboard: Hello. Have 
you seen my dog? 
He ran away last night., Chinese, German, Arabic, French, NEXT
4. Soundboard: Helps to separate phrases
into meaningful chunks., Tells you when it is your
turn to speak., Tells you the speaker is
waiting for your response., Tells you the speaker's
attitude or feelings., NEXT
5. Reading: Intonation, Monotone
6. Video: See the problem it can cause to speak in a monotone?
7. Questions
8. Soundboard
9. Reading: Patterns
10. Soundboard: Falling                                       Rising, A rising intonation is 
asking you to respond!, • simple statements

• commands

• WH- questions 
    (requesting inform'n)

• exclamations

• question tags
       (requesting confirm'n), *, *, • yes/no questions

• question tags
        uncertainty), NEXT, (confirming agreement)
11. Questions: 1. Are you going to soccer today?, 2. My bike is gone!, 3. Put your names on your papers., Tap on the up arrow if you hear the end of the sentence go up, and the down arrow if it goes down.
12. Questions: 4. Could we stop for ice cream?, 5. It's really hot today, isn't it?, 6. Could I please borrow a pencil?, 7. Do you have his phone number?
13. Questions
14. Soundboard: NEXT
15. Puzzle: Finished
16. Puzzle: Finished
17. Reading: Feelings
18. Soundboard: Really?
19. Questions: Really?
20. Soundboard: I saw Marco
and Rosie
together., Really?
21. Reading: Resources
22. Soundboard: Best Practice for Intonation Therapy, Look up Melodic Intonation Therapy on the internet. There are too many studies to include here, but it has been used successfully with childhood apraxia of speech, aphasia, and autism cases., Helpful apps, These are iOS versions.
Not sure if they come in 
Android. Be advised the
free versions have pop-
up ads. Good way to 
document progress!
23. Video: • hum a conversation
• read sentences with different patterns
• role play dialogues
• play "correct me", Activities
24. Questions: Where do you get that stuff?

You can use storybooks or 
textbooks from the classroom.

You can search the internet for
"free reader's theater scripts".

You can have the students write their own 
stories to read with intonation.

Try reading comic books! Lots of chance
for over-the-top expression there!, EXIT

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