What is the course about?
The aim of the course is to enable speakers of other languages to lose the characteristic sounds of their native tongue when speaking English, and to acquire an accent closer to standard English/RP (Received Pronunciation). A high level of commitment is essential.
What will we cover?
Detailed study of the articulation of the simple vowel sounds and consonant sounds of Standard English.
Repetition of exercises to help you articulate these sounds more easily.
Learning the phonetic symbols from the International Phonetic Alphabet which represent the sounds studied.
The use of the neutral sound in unstressed syllables.
Strong form/weak form of some commonly used words, and correct usage.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Articulate correctly the simple vowel and consonant sounds of standard English.
Differentiate clearly between the relative lengths of the various simple vowel sounds.
Identify accurately the appropriate sounds and understand how English spelling and sound can differ.
Recognise the phonetic symbols which represent all the sounds studied – and apply this knowledge when using an English pronunciation (phonetic) dictionary.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Students should be able to demonstrate a ready understanding of spoken English, and be able to communicate competently in English.
In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Speak English fluently.
• Communicate in group situations.
• Give and receive constructive feedback.
• Read and respond to a range of texts.
• Take course notes for your own use.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The articulation process of each sound is explained and demonstrated by the tutor.
All simple vowel and consonant sounds are practised through repetition – both group and individual work.
Repetition of words containing these sounds. You are expected to study at home for an average of 2 hours per week.
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?
Please bring a small hand-mirror; a pen/pencil and note-book/sheets of A4 paper. It is suggested- but not imperative- that you purchase or borrow from the library Work on Your Accent by Helen Ashton and Sarah Shepherd.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can progress to English Pronunciation Stage 2, if you and your tutor feel you are ready.
General information and advice on courses at Build 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