English pronunciation: stage 2

Course Dates: 01/05/25 - 10/07/25
Time: 19:00 - 21:00
Location: Keeley Street
Designed for people who have completed ‘English Pronunciation: stage 1’ although new students with sufficient skills can join. Develop confidence and clarity, explore diphthongs and triphthongs, inflection and the rhythms of Standard English. This term the course will be taught in the college.
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English pronunciation: stage 2
  • Course Code: DVE201
  • Dates: 01/05/25 - 10/07/25
  • Time: 19:00 - 21:00
  • Taught: Thu, Evening
  • Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: David John Gwillim

Course Code: DVE201

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Thu, eve, 01 May - 10 Jul '25

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

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or call 020 4582 0413

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What is the course about?

The aim of the course is to further improve your ability to communicate confidently and clearly in spoken English.
We will continue to focus on how specific changes to the positions of the speech organs will result in a more accurate articulation of ‘problematic’ sounds, and how to master the rhythms and intonation of spoken English.
A high level of commitment is essential to benefit fully from the course.

What will we cover?

Revision of ‘challenging’ simple vowel and consonant sounds.
Detailed study of the articulation of diphthongs and associated triphthongs.
Reduction in grammatical words (use of strong/ weak form) as part of revision of the neutral vowel.
Word-stress and sentence-stress, rhythm, sense and breath groupings, intonation and fluency.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

1. Be easily understood when communicating with native English speakers by using sentence-stress effectively.
2. Demonstrate intention and attitude through the use of appropriate intonation patterns.
3. Demonstrate fluency through the correct application of the weak form of grammatical words.
4. Identify those compound vowel sounds of Standard English/RP (received pronunciation) which are problematic for you.
5. Articulate your ‘problematic’ sounds – both diphthongs and associated triphthongs – with accuracy.
6. Recognise all the phonetic symbols from the international phonetic alphabet relevant to English, and apply this knowledge when using an English pronunciation (phonetic) dictionary.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is for you if you have completed English Pronunciation Stage 1 at this college. You may also enrol if you can articulate the schwa and the distinction between long and short vowel sounds. You must be able to speak English fluently, communicate in group situations and be prepared to act upon constructive feedback.
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.
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 course takes place in the classroom.The articulation process of each sound is explained and demonstrated by the tutor.
Repetition of sentences based on each sound – and also contrasting specific sounds.
Prepared readings of both set texts and students’ own choice.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please have a notepad and pen and a small hand mirror, as well as the notes you took on Stage 1.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You can progress to English Pronunciation Stage 3 for further practice, if you and your tutor feel you are ready. (If you are not sure, please seek your tutor’s advice.)
You can also attend Voice Technique: Beginners; or Improve your Speaking Voice for a more practical class.
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.

David John Gwillim

David Gwillim graduated in 2002 from the Central School of Speech and Drama with an MA in Voice Studies. Before this he had been a successful actor for thirty years in television, films and theatre, working for the BBC and ITV, in Hollywood and the West End, and for the Royal Sharkespeare Company. After graduation he taught at RADA, ALRA and other London drama schools. In 2006 he began teaching at City Lit, where he now specialises in English pronunciation for speakers of foreign languages. He has the Certificate for Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector.

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.