This class will enhance your ability to make yourself understood, whether on campus or in the larger community. We’ll identify the features of pronunciation that can maximize your clarity, and will introduce ways to practice these features to make them more automatic.
You’ll learn how to identify, prioritize, and improve the features of connected speech (e.g. syllabification, intonation, word stress, and rhythm, linking, voice projection) and of specific sounds (e.g. r/l, f/p, vowels) that will have the biggest impact on your own speaking clarity. Awareness of these features of English pronunciation will also support your listening to conversational English.
Through conversations and discussions, use of free online technologies, dramatic performance, small group tutorials, and strategies for improving pronunciation outside of class, you’ll learn how to hear your own pronunciation patterns and how to adjust these patterns to maximize your ability to make yourself more easily understood on campus and beyond.
This course is designed for international students and others who speak/write English as a second language who seek to improve the clarity of their pronunciation in English. This course can be taken alongside other speaking ELI courses.