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Analysing responses: Word stress

Learn how to analyse and improve your word stress in PTE Academic through a practice Repeat sentence item type.
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Hello again. In the previous lesson, we looked at several aspects of pronunciation which you need to consider in order to produce clearer sounds in the English language. However, good pronunciation is not limited to the production of single sounds of vowels and consonants. Another important feature essential to obtaining a high score in pronunciation is word stress. Before we learn more about this, we would like you to try three Repeat Sentence items. Follow the instructions on the slide and record your answers so that you can check your performance later.
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[Narrator] The university sports centre is a multi-purpose fitness venue designed to meet the students’ fitness and sporting needs. (timer beeping)
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It is paramount to allocate the resources where they are needed. (timer beeping)
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Student identification cards will be issued upon enrollment. (timer beeping)
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Now, listen to Miguel answering the same items. As you do this, analyze his pronunciation. Which words were not pronounced clearly? Why were these words mispronounced? [Narrator] The university sports centre is a multi-purpose fitness venue designed to meet the students’ fitness and sporting needs.
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[Miguel] The university sports centre is a multi-purpose venue designed to meet the students’ health and sports needs. [Narrator] It is paramount to allocate the resources where they are needed. [Miguel] It is paramount allocate the resources when they are need. [Narrator] Student identification cards will be issued upon enrollment.
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[Miguel] Student identification cards will be issued on enrollment. Analysing Miguel’s pronunciation, we can see that some words were mispronounced and a few were unclear. For example, multi-purpose, paramount, allocate, and enrollment. The reasons why these words were not pronounced properly is word stress, which we’ll learn about in more detail in the next step. Now, listen to your answers and see if you used the right word stress in the sentences.

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In this Analysing responses video, you watched Miguel complete practice Repeat Sentence item types.
You also recorded yourself practising the same items and listened to yourself to self-assess your responses.

Discussion

In this video, you practised three Repeat Sentence item types and gave yourself feedback.
Did you find any of the pronunciation difficult in these items? What can you do to improve your pronunciation?
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