UFO Sighting: Practice with falling and rising intonation

Intonation can be fun to practice, especially patterns with questions. Almost any type of dialog or role play can be used. The activity I’m sharing with you today is called “UFO Sighting”, and students get to assume the roles of reporters and witnesses. Role cards with key information will relieve students of the burden of generating most of the content so that they can concentrate on speaking with correct intonation patterns. The patterns focused on are rising intonation for yes-no questions, falling intonation for wh- questions, and falling intonation for answers/ statements.

Please click here to view the UFO Sighting_handout.

You may also wish to use my reading of the discussion questions about UFOs as a model.


8 Comments Add yours

  1. Cristina says:

    This is really a time-saving site and I love the activity!

    1. Great! I’m glad someone will keep this one in mind and put it into use in the future. 🙂
      Thank you.

  2. I loved your site and your videos. I will present it for my students, for sure!
    Thanks a lot!

    Angela (from Brazil)

    1. Hello Angela! Thank you for the very kind support.
      Warm regards to you and your students,

  3. Kunti D'Souza says:


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