AIM: To distinguish different kinds of questions by their intonation patterns.
INTRODUCTION: Some questions involve finding out information that’s not already known. Other questions involve making sure that certain information is correct. Intonation is used to signal which kind of question is being asked.
Commonly (though not always) finding out questions end with a falling tone, e.g.
How bad is the pain?
When did it start?
Commonly (though again not always) making sure questions end with a rising tone, e.g.
You finished the antibiotics I prescribed?
What day are you coming next week?
INSTRUCTIONS: Listen to each question and decide whether the speaker is finding out (with a falling tone) or making sure (with a rising tone).