Accents: Standard English
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: DVB013
Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)
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What is the course about?
Are you an actor or other public speaker stuck in a regional or international accent? Would you like to learn how to speak Standard English (also known as Received Pronunciation) ? This course is not for speakers of other languages who should take English Pronunciation courses instead.
What will we cover?
Vowel formations of Standard English
Consonant formations of Standard English.
Inflexion and intonation of Standard English.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Identify the placement for Standard English vowel sounds that you can practise further
Identify the placement for Standard English consonant sounds that you can practise further
Recognise the phonetic symbols associated with these sounds.
Apply to a range of appropriate texts.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is open to anyone whose first language is English. It is particularly aimed at actors who feel they might get more castings if they had Standard English in their armoury of accents. It is not designed to replace or eradicate your own accent unless that is what you desire and in which case this would form the basis of future work.
If you are new to voice classes please take a moment to read our
full sequence of voice and speech classes at City Lit (click here) before choosing.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The tutor will explain and demonstrate the placement of each sound. There will be practice material and you will work on different exercises individually, in pairs and as a group.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please have pen and paper, and a small hand mirror.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Improve your Speaking Voice; Use Your Voice Assertively.
Please refer to our
full sequence of voice and speech classes at City Lit (click here) as you consider which area you would like to study next.
Jonathan trained as an actor at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and then completed an MA in Voice Studies at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He is in great demand as a voice teacher and coach at colleges across London including East 15, City Academy, London College of Music, London School of Dramatic Art, and St Mary’s University. His teaching style is based on the yoga voice work of Lynette Erving, bringing a strong connection between the body, the breath and the voice. He is passionate about the stagecraft of the voice, and likes to give technical tips and approaches to ensure the voice can be heard in any space. He also teaches accents, from RP and General American to West Country, Bristol, and Welsh.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.