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Unit 13 explains the importance of teaching pronunciation and phonology, as well as practical ways to cover the topic in the classroom. Intonation is the variation of volume and pitch in a sentence, which can be crucial to eliciting a response or expressing emotion. I especially liked the idea of demonstrating how much information can be conveyed with intonation by having students say nonsense words or humming. Stress and rhythm refer to how we pronounce individual words. Less important words are often linked together, whereas a sharp pronunciation indicates importance or contradiction. Furthermore, students should be aware that in many dialects sounds are often changed or dropped in a full sentence. Finally, the phonemic alphabet and individual sound production, though sometimes challenging, can be especially helpful for students. This concept, and useful explanation techniques, are clearly demonstrated in the unit's second video.