ESOL pronunciation: stage 2 (level 1-2)

Course Dates: 03/10/22 - 05/12/22
Time: 18:30 - 21:00
Location: Online
What are the different ways of pronouncing 'a'? Does 'for' always sound like 'four'? Is 't' always pronounced the same way? Learn the answers to these questions as you focus on fluent pronunciation practising linking, rhythm and stress and discover how context affects the pronunciation of English. This course is aimed at students with a good level of English - level 1 and 2 (B2-C1), who have completed Stage 1. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or for more information. Highly fluent students at level 3 or above should apply to the courses in the drama department.
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: ESPR02

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 concentrates on aspects of connected speech. You will build on the work you did in Stage 1, but now the focus shifts from individual sounds to fluent everyday speech.

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?

You will learn about and practise linking between words as well as rhythm and stress at word level and in your normal everyday speech. You will discover how some sounds change, are lost or added depending on the situation - for example, whether they are followed by certain other sounds or you are stressing a word or not. You will also continue the work you did in Stage 1 on how to make and recognise individual sounds as well as read and write phonetically.

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

• Link effectively.
• Identify when and how certain consonants change and pronounce these changes appropriately.
• Identify when and how certain vowel sounds change and pronounce these changes appropriately.
• Identify stressed syllables within words
• Pronounce stressed and unstressed syllables effectively so they are clearly distinguished
• Approximate to English rhythm and understand how it compares to the rhythm of your own language
• use the phonemic script confidently to help you improve your pronunciation.

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

This is a Level 1-2 ESOL course aimed at students who are intermediate to upper-intermediate (B2-C2). You need to have completed City Lit's Stage 1 Pronunciation course or a similar course elsewhere.

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 plus a pen, paper and folder.

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

There are many courses you can do before, during or after this course. These include:
• ESOL pronunciation: stage 1 (level 1-2)
ESOL and singing: sing your way to better English (entry 3 - level 2)
• English dialogue: speaking, listening, pronunciation, performance (level 1-2)
• Matters of opinion (level 2)
• ESOL and making podcasts: pronunciation, presentation, expression (level 1-2)
• ESOL level 1 (speaking and listening)
• ESOL level 2 (speaking and listening)
• 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)
• Communication skills: working with people (ESOL entry - level 1)
• ESOL: Thinking in English (entry 3-level 1)
• Communication skills: read well, write well (level 1-level 2)
• Communicating at work: formal, informal and being polite (level 1)
• 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 / 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).

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