What is the course about?
The aim of the course is to further improve your ability to communicate fluently and effectively in spoken English.
We will continue to focus on how specific changes to the positions of the speech organs will result in a more accurate articulation of ‘problematic’ sounds, and how to master the rhythms and intonation of spoken English.
A high level of commitment is essential to benefit fully from the course.
What will we cover?
Revision of ‘challenging’ simple vowel and consonant sounds.
Detailed study of the articulation of diphthongs and associated triphthongs.
Reduction in grammatical words (use of strong/ weak form) as part of revision of the neutral vowel.
Word-stress and sentence-stress, rhythm, sense and breath groupings, intonation and fluency.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
1. Be easily understood when communicating with native English speakers by using sentence-stress effectively.
2. Demonstrate intention and attitude through the use of appropriate intonation patterns.
3. Demonstrate fluency through the correct application of the weak form of grammatical words.
4. Identify those compound vowel sounds of Standard English/RP (received pronunciation) which are problematic for you.
5. Articulate your ‘problematic’ sounds – both diphthongs and associated triphthongs – with accuracy.
6. Recognise all the phonetic symbols from the international phonetic alphabet relevant to English, and apply this knowledge when using an English pronunciation (phonetic) dictionary.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for you if you have completed English Pronunciation Stage 1 at this college. You may also enrol if you can articulate the schwa and the distinction between long and short vowel sounds. You must be able to speak English fluently, communicate in group situations and be prepared to act upon constructive feedback.
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.
Diphthongs and associated triphthongs are practised through repetition of words containing these sounds – both group and individual work. Repetition of sentences based on each sound – and also contrasting specific sounds.
Periodic additional exercises/tests to promote ear-training and encourage recognition of the phonetic
symbols. Prepared readings of both set texts and students’ own choice.
It is expected that you will spend an average of two hours per week studying and preparing material at home.
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 notepad and pen and a small hand mirror, as well as the notes you took on Stage 1.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can progress to English Pronunciation Stage 3 for further practice, if you and your tutor feel you are ready. (If you are not sure, please seek your tutor’s advice.)
You can also attend ' Pronunciation and Self-Presentation for Speakers of Other Languages' for a more practical class.
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