Word Stress Maze Activity

Level: Intermediate

Topic: General

Grammar Topic: Phonetics

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Word Stress Maze Activity

Trace a route through the maze following the words stressed on the first syllable (only), 

starting at the top-left corner. You can go left, right, up or down from each square. When 

you think that you have finished, your teacher will tell you which square you should finish 

on and then how many squares are stressed on the first syllable so you can check your 

answers. 

Version 1

accent

volleyball

career

energy

equal

export (n)

convenience

update (n)

coordinator

Egypt

deflation

greenhouse

cooperation

alcohol

break up (v)

concert

Australia

image

photographe

r

allergy

energetic

collar

upgraded

Italy

exported

Austria

make up (v)

coffee

tobacco

makeup (n)

pyjamas

breakup

broken

cocktail

update (v)

ticket

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2016

Word Stress Maze Activity

Version 2

litre

begin

accelerator

luxurious

multitasking

complaint

nonsense

orange

Brazil

bucket

dozen

humour

presented

present (n)

Mongolia

cauliflower

cashier

Paris

restaurant

radio

enthusiasm

eyebrow

dis-

advantage

Thailand

cottage

machine

romantic

helicopter

mechanic

pineapple

England

hamburger

liquid

discount (n)

again

lever

Mark the stress on the other words to make sure that none of them are stressed on the 
first syllable. 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2016

Word Stress Maze Activity Answers

The words stressed on the first syllable are in bold. The stressed syllables of the others 
are written in each square.

Version 1

accent

volleyball

career (2

nd

energy

equal

export (n)

convenience

(2

nd

)

update (n)

coordinator

(2

nd

Egypt

deflation

(2

nd

greenhouse

cooperation

(4

th

)

alcohol

break up (v)

(2

nd

concert

Australia

(2

nd

image

photographe

r

(2

nd

)

allergy

energetic

(3

rd

collar

upgraded

(2

nd

Italy

exported

(2

nd

)

Austria

make up (v)

(2

nd

coffee

tobacco (2

nd

)

makeup (n)

pyjamas

(2

nd

breakup

broken

cocktail

update (v)

(2

nd

ticket

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2016

Word Stress Maze Activity Answers

Version 2

litre

begin (2

nd

accelerator

(2

nd

luxurious

(2

nd

multitasking

(3

rd

complaint

(2

nd

nonsense

orange

Brazil (2

nd

bucket

dozen

humour

presented

(2

nd

)

present (n)

Mongolia

(2

nd

cauliflower

cashier (2

nd

Paris

restaurant

radio

enthusiasm

(2

nd

eyebrow

dis-

advantage

(3

rd

Thailand

cottage

machine

(2

nd

romantic

(2

nd

helicopter

mechanic

(2

nd

pineapple

England

hamburger

liquid

discount (n)

again (2

nd

lever

Use the words above to find out the rules for these words:

-

Most nouns

-

Nouns and verbs with the same form (including phrasal verbs and nouns from them)

-

Schwa (the “er” sound in “computer”)

-

Prefixes like “un-” and “mis-”

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2016