About Stress and Rhythm
This is the main menu, from which you may access the different parts of the program. Please note that the screenshots for Stress and Rhythm only represent a tiny proportion of the program itself, which has 75 pages.
This is a typical page from the early part of the program. Here the learner is introduced to the idea of content and structure words. The following pages extend this further with opportunities for practice.
Here the learner is able to see how a regular rhythm is achieved by listening to the nursery rhyme Three Blind Mice. The learner is then made aware of the fact that there are only two beats (stresses) in each line even though the lines lengthen, and is thereby introduced to the concept of compressing unstressed words. This then leads on to the four areas of connected speech - weak forms, linking, elision and assimilation.
This page introduces the learner to weak forms and schwas. The learner is then asked to find the schwa sounds in a sentence. On the next two pages, the learner is able to see how conjunctions, prepositions, auxiliaries etc. change their vowel sounds when unstressed and is tested on this. This is followed by two pages concerned with REPETITION skills. See next screenshot.
This page forms a template, which is extensively repeated throughout the program. It gives the learner practice in listening to sentences/phrases, seeing the target subject focused (here it is weak forms), recording and comparing with the models and two kinds of back-chaining repetition drills. See next screenshot. By clicking on the Globe at the top, the learner can hear all the sentences one-by-one with enough space in between for him to repeat what has been said.
Back-chaining is a valuable method of practising spoken language. The learner hears sentences cut up into chunks, starting at the end of the sentence and building towards the beginning of the sentence. You may also choose to see the text as you practise repeating through back-chaining. This template is used extensively throughout the program.
This page comes near the end of the LINKING section. The learner has learnt about the different kinds of linking (vowel to vowel, vowel to consonant etc.) and is here tested on his knowledge by having to move the items into the correct column.
This page comes midway through the MOVING STRESS section. The learner hears a sentence spoken five times, each time with a different stress and must choose the most appropriate response each time. There are five sets of sentences in the program.

This area practises one form of intonation, i.e. whether someone is interested or not in what the speaker is saying. By listening to the way the speakers raise their voices, the user must decide the level of interest.