What is the course about?
This course concentrates on aspects of connected speech. You will build on the work you did in Stage 1, but now the focus shifts from individual sounds to fluent everyday speech.
What will we cover?
You will learn about and practise linking between words as well as rhythm and stress at word level and in your normal everyday speech. You will discover how some sounds change, are lost or added depending on the situation - for example, whether they are followed by certain other sounds or you are stressing a word or not. You will also continue the work you did in Stage 1 on how to make and recognise individual sounds as well as read and write phonetically.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Link effectively.
• Identify when and how certain consonants change and pronounce these changes appropriately.
• Identify when and how certain vowel sounds change and pronounce these changes appropriately.
• Identify stressed syllables within words
• Pronounce stressed and unstressed syllables effectively so they are clearly distinguished
• Approximate to English rhythm and understand how it compares to the rhythm of your own language
• use the phonemic script confidently to help you improve your pronunciation.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a Level 1-2 ESOL course aimed at students who are intermediate to upper-intermediate (B2-C2). You need to have completed Build's Stage 1 Pronunciation course or a similar course elsewhere.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is a highly interactive course with an emphasis on students' discovering the important parts of pronunciation for themselves rather than your teacher just telling you. You will learn how to analyse language so that you can practise outside the classroom. There will be a lot of pairwork and groupwork and many varied activities to ensure a good pace to the class. The tutor will use an electronic whiteboard and many different recordings, and pay each individual student plenty of attention. We will use Google Classroom to provide you with opportunities to learn and practise in your own time.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no other costs. It will be useful to bring a phone with a camera and/or recording facility on it plus a pen, paper and folder.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
There is no direct progression course though we may organise an ESOL Pronunciation: Stage 3 course if there is a demand. You may also wish to join a pronunciation class in the Drama department. However, there are a variety of courses you can do at the same time or after this one. ESOL and Podcasting is an excellent course to do alongside or after this course. Podcasts are digital recordings and the course will give you a lot of opportunities to listen to yourself and work on your voice. ESOL and Singing is a fantastic way to improve your English. You don't need to be a good singer - you will improve your fluency, rhythm and stress by doing this course. There are also a number of discussion and conversation classes which provide excellent chances to put your pronunciation skills into practice - for instance, Conversation in Practice and Matters of Opinions. Our Communication at Work series may also be helpful. ESOL and Reading Stories, ESOL reading: book club (level 2) and ESOL and Film will also be excellent means of developing your vocabulary and understanding of meaning which will help you with your pronunciation.
You could do a Level 1 or 2 General ESOL course but other good courses without an exam include: ESOL Matters of Opinion, Conversation in Practice, and Communicating at Work. Your tutor will advise you on the best course.
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