What is the course about?
Are you an actor or other public speaker who feels stuck in a regional or international accent? Would you like to learn how to improve your Standard English? 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 the work to a variety of 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 bring a pen and paper; a folder for handouts and a small hand mirror.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Clear Speech; 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.