English dialogue: speaking, listening, pronunciation, performance (level 1-2)

Course Dates: 13/01/21 - 24/03/21
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Location: Online

Do you want to sound ‘more English’ when you speak? Do you want the chance to experiment with becoming expressive in English, playing with how you sound when you speak different dialogues? On this course, you will work on different dialogues from everyday speech and well known plays. And you will also create your own! The chance to work on how to perform and enact this speech will enable you to focus on how to link and ‘chunk’ words, develop your rhythm and stress, work on your fluency and ensure that the meaning of what you are saying becomes expressed. You will also be working with ‘real’ language, not the sometimes artificial language of English course books. Although you will be performing the texts, you do not need to be an actor, just willing to give it a go. By writing your own dialogues, you will also develop your writing skills so by the end of the course you can write and perform together with your classmates your own 5 minute play!.

Before this course, you need to do a pre-course assessment. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name). Use Chrome if possible.

This course is FREE if a) you are on a Low Wage or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
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 / universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk for more details.


This course has now started

Course Code: HED01

Started Wed, eve, 13 Jan - 24 Mar '21

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £139.00
Senior fee: £111.00
Concession: £85.00

Before booking on this course, please register or log in to your account to complete a short online assessment. We need you to do this to check that this course is the right level for you.
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