ESOL pronunciation: stage 1 (level 1-2)

Course Dates: 03/10/22 - 05/12/22
Time: 18:20 - 20:30
Location: Online
Tired of people not understanding you? Would you like to sound 'more English'? Do you need to communicate 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.
Before this course, you need to do a pre-course assessment face-to-face or online. 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).
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 want to get a job or progress into a better job and you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). 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.
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Course Code: ESPR01

Available start dates 

Mon, eve, 03 Oct - 05 Dec '22

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

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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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.

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?

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 appropriately 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?

You will learn in a supportive and welcoming environment. The tutor will help you discover the important parts of pronunciation for yourself rather than just telling you. You will learn how to analyse language so that you can practise outside the classroom. The course will be dynamic and creative with a lot of interaction – you will work in pairs, small groups and sometimes as a whole class. Your tutor will also work with you individually. You will need to do some homework every week and use Google Classroom outside the class as well as record yourself each week.

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?

There are many courses your can do before, at the same time or after this course. You will be able to move to Stage 2 of this course where you will focus on linking, rhythm and stress. Other courses include:
• English dialogue: speaking, listening, pronunciation, performance (level 1-2)
• ESOL and making podcasts: pronunciation, presentation, expression (level 1-2)
• Matters of opinion (level 2)
• ESOL: Improve your fluency (level 1)
• ESOL level 1 / level 2 (speaking and listening)
• Communicating at work: formal, informal and being polite (level 1)
• Develop your writing and language skills (level 1-level 2)
• ESOL for hospitality: front of house (level 1-2)
• ESOL: Develop your listening skills (entry 3)
• ESOL and singing: sing your way to better English (entry 3 - level 2)
• ESOL: Thinking in English (entry 3-level 1)
• English for professionals: communicating, managing, selling (Level 2)
• ESOL Communicating at work: letters, emails, memos, notes, meetings and presentations (level 1)

There also many maths, English, employability and communication skills courses you can do. Ask your tutor or contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 for more detail. These include:
• Maths for life and work (foundation) / (level 1)
• Business administration: maths for administrators (level 1-2)
• Becoming confident with digital skills: on your computer and online (beginner)
• Becoming confident in digital skills: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook (beginner)
• Becoming confident in file management and Windows 10 on your PC (beginners)
• Business Administration (with digital skills): English communication skills for administrators and office workers (level 1-2)
• Finance planning: taking back control - how to budget successfully
• Essential digital skills for the workplace: Word, Excel and PowerPoint (foundation-level 1)
• Business administration: how to be an administrator for beginners (with digital skills).

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