The Syllable Stress Table (SST), as shown on this page, has words in the cells of a table, positioned according to the number of syllables they contain and where the stress falls.
As a task, the students can be given the table without any words in it. Or they can draw the blank table in their exercise books. Then the teacher reads each word, one at a time, and gives the students a little time to write it into the right cell.
The words in the SST below represent the topic of phonology and can be used to good effect in teacher training sessions. SSTs can be used with any topic, for example, flying, as on the right.
The PDF attached below can be downloaded for use as a handout.
SSTs can be used with virtually any level of student. Faulty word stress is common even among advanced learners.
In the process of positioning a word in the table, learners repeat the word many times. To achieve the task, they focus very closely on the two criteria – the number of syllables and the stress. It is quite unlikely that they do not think about the meaning of the word and where they know it from.