Look at the text below. In 40 seconds, you must read this text aloud as naturally and as clearly as possible. You have 40 seconds to read aloud.
‘Use punctuation to help you decide where to pause when you read.’
‘Stress the words that carry important information.’
Break the text up into chunks and pause slightly between each one as you read. Before the recording begins, use the punctuation to help you decide where to pause and where each new chunk will begin.
As you read, stress the words that carry important information. This makes it easier to understand what you are saying. Use rising intonation patterns to show a contrast.
Try to get the word stress right on multi-syllable words. Look for sense groups, as well as the grammatical structure, to notice which groups of words should be said in one chunk.
Use falling intonation patterns to show that you have finished a point, or come to the end of what you are saying.