ESOL pronunciation: stage 1 (level 1-2)

Course Dates: 27/01/20 - 30/03/20
Time: 12:20 - 14:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Tired of people not understanding you? Would you like to sound 'more English'? Do you need to commununicate well with people in your work? Then this specialist course will help you. Learn how to make the individual sounds of English, hear the differences between them, and read and write the phonemic script, a special alphabet of sounds. This course is aimed at students with a good level of English - level 1 and 2 (B2-C1). Highly fluent students at level 3 or above should apply to the courses in the drama department.

You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an email address and a password when asked. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or for help or more information.

This course is FREE if you are employed and earn less than £20,572.50 . You need to have lived in the UK or EU for the last 3 years and be a citizen of the UK or a country within the EU. You may also be eligible for this funding in other circumstances. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your gross salary.

Call 020 7831 7831 for more information.


What is the course about?

This course focuses on sound. You will learn (i) how to make the individual sounds of English (phonemes), using your tongue, lips, teeth and throat; (ii) how to hear the differences between these sounds; (iii) how to read and write the phonemic alphabet, special symbols for the sounds. You will also learn how to identify the differences between the sounds in your first language and those of English.

What will we cover?

The main aim of this course will be on improving students' pronunciation of the individual sounds of English. We will work on: a) Short and long vowel sounds; b) Diphthongs; c) Consonants. You will practise hearing the differences between the sounds and being able to produce them. You will also learn how to read and write the phonemic symbols so you can look in the dictionary to know how to pronounce individual words. We will also ask what 'good' pronunciation means for students living and working in English.

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

a) Hear the differences between the English vowels sounds
b) Place your tongue and lips in the correct positions for each of the pure vowel sounds
c) Move your tongue and lips correctly for each of the diphthongs
d) Understand the difference between a vowel and a consonant sound
e) Hear the differences between the consonant sounds
f) Use your tongue, lips, teeth and throat appopriately in order to make the consonant sounds
g) Identify the special phonemic symbols for all of the sounds
h) Write these phonemic symbols
i) Understand key terminology within pronunciation
j) Identity where your pronunciation is good and where you need to improve.

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

This course is aimed at students with a good level of English: Level 1-Level 2 students (B2-C1). You should be confident in everyday conversations. Students need to contact the department before enrolling on this course.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

This will be a dynamic class with lots of opportunity to practise. You will work in groups and in pairs and you will be encouraged to speak as much as possible without worrying about making mistakes. You will use mirrors, phones and recordings to help you improve. Google Classroom will be used to help students practise outside the classroom. You will complete a final recording at the end of the course to help you identify areas your have improved and areas you need to work on.

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

There are no other costs. It will be useful to bring a phone with a camera and/or recording facility on it.

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

You will also be able to move to Stage 2 of this course where you will focus on pronunciation in connected speech including linking, rhythm and stress. ESOL and Podcasting is an excellent course to do alongside or after this course. Podcasts are digital recordings and the course will give you a lot of opportunities to listen to yourself and work on your voice. ESOL and Singing is a fantastic way to improve your English. You don't need to be a good singer - you will improve your fluency, rhythm and stress by doing this course.There are also a number of discussion and conversation classes which provide excellent chances to put your pronunciation skills into practice - for instance, Conversation in Practice and Matters of Opinions. Our Communication at Work series may also be helpful.


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I highly recommended if they need to Improve their pronunciation
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I highly recommend this course
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I have already informed my friends about this course. I told them how mulch it helped me to understand everything I'm listening.
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Course Code: ESPR04

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Mon, day, 27 Jan - 30 Mar '20

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £129.00
Senior fee: £103.00
Concession: £26.00

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