Sentence Stress and Learning Difficulties of ELT Teachers A Case Study

Küçükoğlu H.

PROCEDIA - SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES, Barcelona, Spain, 2 - 05 February 2012, vol.46, pp.4065-4069 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 46
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2012.06.198
  • City: Barcelona
  • Country: Spain
  • Page Numbers: pp.4065-4069
  • Keywords: Sentence stress, intonation, pronunciation, mother-tongue interference
  • Yozgat Bozok University Affiliated: No


When learners are acquiring another language, they face a number of problems as every language is unique and it carries its particular aspects. Learning how to speak a new language is more than just learning words and sentences. It is also the perception and the practice of the emotional colouring of the utterances with correct sentence stress which is usually a problem among learners and also teachers. Using the right sentence stress is the key point in a proper communication. Although making mistakes on this area is very common, learners and teachers can still avoid themselves from some certain effects. Following these patterns a case study was conducted with 30 teachers of English aiming to spot the difficulties they face in using correct intonation and to illustrate the importance of correct intonation in the process of learning and teaching another language. The results of the study indicate that there is certain amount of sentence stress problems among teachers of English. (C) 2012 Published by Elsevier Ltd. Selection and/or peer-review under responsibility of Prof. Dr. Huseyin Uzunboylu