English pronunciation: stage 1

Course Dates: 14/01/20 - 31/03/20
Time: 19:55 - 21:45
Location: EC Euston
David John Gwillim

Are you a non-native fluent speaker who wants to improve your pronunciation of English? Work on correct formation of vowel and consonant sounds including the English neutral vowel and the distinction between voiced and unvoiced sounds.


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.

Please Note: We do not usually accept under 19 year olds except in special circumstances - please see Students under 19 for more information.

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.

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


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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 25/06/2019)
This is a really good course, very useful for anyone who wants to start improving their pronunciation and 'sound more British'. The course covers concepts and rules that one would not normally learn while studying English as a second language. The tutor is extremely skilled and committed, and provides personalized advice to each student.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 06/04/2019)
The course is exactly what you expect to have if you want to improve your accent and pronunciation. Moreover, the teacher is super competent, effective and makes the course really enjoyable. Recommendable!
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Review by Fabio / (Posted on 19/03/2019)
I would highly recommend this course. The tutor was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about his field, and the course content was relevant and interesting. Overall the course was excellent and far exceeded my high expectations.
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Review by Lilly / (Posted on 17/12/2018)
I really recommend this course for people who want to improve their pronunciation, it will be very helpful if you have struggles with your English pronunciation. Very professional teacher. The situation of the school and the environment of the classrooms are good with some facilities (café/library)
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Review by Isabel P. / (Posted on 07/12/2018)
You can join to this course, it's a good oportunity to improve your pronuntiation with a simple method and practice.
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Review by Rosa / (Posted on 06/12/2018)
Even for a fluent speaker, with a fairly good pronunciation, this course is really good because it teaches one the nuances of RP. I began to conciously recognise for the first time the very small and subtle ways in which my pronunciation differed from that of a native speaker.
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Review by Socksthecat / (Posted on 09/06/2018)
Amazing course, Lovely tutor, wonderful results.
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Review by Gol / (Posted on 25/05/2016)
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Course Code: DVE106

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Tue, eve, 14 Jan - 31 Mar '20

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Full fee: £189.00
Senior fee: £189.00
Concession: £129.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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or call 020 7492 2542

Please note: we offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. For more information visit our online Help Center. You can also visit the Information, Advice and Guidance drop-in service, open from 12 – 6.45, Monday to Friday.

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