What is the course about?
To expand your skillset as an actor by mastering regional and international accents, including London;General American, West Yorshire; Liverpool and Bristol. The study of other accents can be negotiated with the tutor.
What will we cover?
The breakdown of the sounds of individual accents using texts and tutor resources. Knowledge of phonetics is useful but not essential.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Break down any accent into its component parts for self-study
Significantly increase the range of accents you are able to tackle at short notice.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You need a keen interest in the subject, a healthy dose of patience and a willingness to try out strange and fascinating new speaking possibilities.
In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Listen actively and communicate clearly.
• Give and receive constructive feedback.
• Read and analyse scripts to find meaning and clarity.
• Take notes.
• Use numbers to recognise rhythm.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Theory and practice, including detailed breakdown and analysis of each accent, including phonetics. (Some prior knowledge of phonetics is useful but not essential.) Exercises to explore physicalisation, and to compare your own and other accents. Each accent will be applied to relevant text. There will be no homework set for formal submission but you are expected to devote some time each week to practising at home with the provided recordings to reinforce the new accents you have learnt.
You may or may not be asked to participate in rigorous activity from time to time. Please consider whether you could do this, if you are in any doubt consult a medical practitioner.
As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You may find it useful to bring a small hand mirror and portable digital recording device to class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Accents for Actors: Improvers.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details