What is the course about?
To ‘fine tune’ your articulation of ‘problematic’ vowel and consonant sounds still closer to Standard English. You will improve your ability to communicate fluently and expressively in spoken English. A high level of commitment is essential.
What will we cover?
Prepared readings and presentations and improvised conversations. Any elements of Standard English/RP covered in Stages 1 and 2 which need revision will be dealt with as they arise. Revision of ‘challenging’ vowel and consonant sounds.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Interact fluently and confidently with native English speakers.
Demonstrate intention and attitude effectively and expressively through the use of appropriate Intonation patterns.
Demonstrate fluency through the correct application of the Weak form of grammatical words.
Articulate your ‘challenging’ sounds – both Vowels and Consonants – with accuracy.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should be able to communicate fluently and freely in English, should probably have completed Stages 1
and 2 at Build and be able to use an English pronunciation (phonetic) dictionary effectively.
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?
Individual presentations of prepared literary items and improvised conversations is followed immediately by oral feedback. The articulation process of any sound (vowel or consonant) selected for revision is practised through specific sounds. (Group, pair and individual work). Short transcription tests are set to facilitate your application of the phonetic symbols and your ‘spelling-to-sound’ progress.
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 will use your course notes/hand-outs from Stages 1 and 2. Additional material/hand-outs may be supplied by the tutor.
Please bring a small hand-mirror; a pen/pencil and note-book/sheets of A4 paper.
As the preparation of a variety of literary items is required, membership of the Build library is recommended.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can attend ‘Pronunciation and Self- Presentation for Speakers of Other Languages’ and continue to revisit this course in order to practise and develop your improved pronunciation skills, and to acquire still greater fluency in English.
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