What is the course about?
This course is about developing your fluency, pronunciation and expressing of meaning through performing different dialogues. You will have the chance to analyse and then act out conversations and experiment with different ways of saying them and focusing on how changes to stress, linking, pausing and intonation can alter the meaning of the language. Performing the texts physically will help you remember the language and make it part of you. By also writing your own scripts you will not only develop your writing but by relating the writing to speaking you will discover and realise new aspects of the language and so come to have a deeper understanding of its meaning and impact.
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?
• relating the meaning of your speech with how you say it
• how stress affects the meaning of what you say
• using the schwa effectively
• linking words and breaking speech into chunks
• how to read a dialogue for meaning
• relating speaking and performing e.g. using your body
• identifying how a situation affects what you say and how you say it
• writing script with appropriate expression
• choosing the right words.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• relate the meaning of your speech with how you say it
• identify how stress affects the meaning of what you say and change your stress accordingly
• use the schwa effectively
• link words and break speech into chunks so that the meaning of what you say becomes clearer
• read a dialogue for meaning – analyse how you want to say something and why
• relate your speaking with performing e.g. using your body
• identify how a situation affects what you say and how you say it
• write script which matches your intention
• choose the right words for the situation
• co-write and co-perform a short 5 minute play.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course level is for Level 1-2 students (B2-C1). Although you will be acting out dialogues and performing short plays you do not need any acting skills – just a willingness to express yourself and participate with others.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This will be a dynamic and interactive course with lots of practice. You will work in groups and pairs as well as individually. The emphasis will be you on you performing dialogue but always in a supportive and encouraging way. You will need to do some work outside the classroom to get the most from this course.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need a pen, some lined A4 paper and a file to keep your work in. Your tutor will provide handouts. Access to a computer will also be helpful.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The ESOL pronunciation Stage 1 followed by Stage 2 are excellent courses to do either before, after or at the same time as this course.
Other courses you can do at the same time or after this one include:
• Matters of Opinion both level 1-2 and level 2
• Read well, write well (level 1-level 2)
• Level 1 or Level 2 ESOL (speaking and listening)
• English dialogue: speaking, listening, pronunciation, performance (level 1-2)
• ESOL and film: discussion, expression, critical writing (level 1-2)
• ESOL and making podcasts: pronunciation, presentation, expression (level 1-2)
• ESOL and reading stories: vocabulary, discussion, critique (level 2)
Ask your teacher or contact 020 7492 2511 / firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.