Time: 10:30 - 12:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: DVP040
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
We will pay attention to pitch, pace and projection, with articulation work on careless formation so that you might speak more clearly and be better understood by more people.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Exercises for vocal clarity using a range of texts; the content varies depending on the individual needs of the students in the class.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- articulate standard English vowel and consonant sounds
- speak with more energy, pace and clarity
- demonstrate greater confidence in your voice and what you have to say
- communicate your ideas fluently and effectively.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for speakers whose first language is English and who want to achieve a sound closer to Standard English. It is aimed at the strong British regional accent; overseas students whose first language is English; and those who have careless and poorly formed speech. Speakers of other languages should enrol on 'English Pronunciation Stage 1'- call the Drama department for advice.
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?
You will be taught through repetition, practice in pairs, and individual presentations to class. As part of the course you will need to prepare readings 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?
You should have a notebook and pen and a small hand mirror.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Public speaking, or other Voice classes to enrich the basic sound produced. Your tutor will advise you.
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.
Vernon Thompson been responsible for overseeing all Voice Speech and Communication courses in the School of Performing Arts (almost 200 per year) since September 2005. He is also Course Leader for the year-long OCN accredited Level 2 Extended Certificate in Drama Foundation course. He regularly directs student productions, most recently The Laramie Project (2019) and the Graduating Students Agents' Showcase (2017). Voice specialities include Shakespearean text and practical application of resonance and support. Vernon also works as Voice Consultant to Channel 4 News, and his private clients currently include BBC newsreaders and an international model. Vernon has an MA in Voice Studies from Central School of Speech & Drama and PGCE from City University. Previous posts include Voice teaching at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. Outside City Lit Vernon also works as a freelance director (Teatro Franco Parenti, Milan 2019; Hen and Chickens, Islington 2017) and produces a season of rep theatre every summer in Bournemouth with London Repertory Players.
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.