|Students whose first language is not English|
|1 hour per week for 8 weeks|
|If you attend 80% of this course, it will appear on your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).|
The course is designed for students whose first language is not English. It will allow you to practise your English pronunciation in a friendly and relaxed environment. You will practise each of the different English sounds through class, small group and individual exercises in order to make your speech clearer. You will also complete exercises to help with other important aspects of pronunciation, such as sentence stress, that can help make your speech more fluent and natural and help you be better understood.
This course is made up of the following one hour sessions:
SESSION ONE: The phonemic script
Students will be able to recognise the different sounds represented by symbols of the phonemic script and say them in different words.
SESSION TWO: Vowel Sounds: /æ/, /e/, / ɪ/, /3:/, /i:/ syllables and word stress, weak forms in function words
Students will learn which phonemic symbols represent certain vowel sounds , practice recognizing and producing these vowel sounds learn about the concepts of the syllable and word stress practice producing words with the correct word stress practice recognizing weak forms of function words when listening.
SESSION THREE: Vowel sounds: /ɒ/, /ʌ/, /ə/, /ʊ/, /ɔ:/, /u:/ unstressed syllables and word stress patterns
Students will learn which phonemic symbols represent the other vowel sounds, practice identifying and producing these vowel sounds, learn more about which syllable is stressed in certain types of words.
SESSION FOUR: Voiced and Voiceless Consonants and consonant sounds: /θ/, /ð/, /t/, /s/ stress
Students will learn about pronouncing voiced and voiceless consonants, practice recognizing and producing these sounds, learn to recognize stressed words in sentences, practice using sentence stress to highlight important information.
SESSION FIVE: Consonant Sounds: / ʒ/, /v/, /j/, /ʃ/ /ʧ/, /ʤ/ word stress on two syllable words
Students will learn more phonemic symbols that represent consonant sounds, practice identifying and producing these consonant sounds whilst learning where to place the stress in words with two syllables.
SESSION SIX: Diphthongs: /aɪ/, /əʊ/, /eɪ/ sounds in connected speech: linking, inserting
Students will learn which phonemic symbols represent specific diphthong sounds in connected speech, practice identifying and producing connecting diphthongs, inserting and learn how the pronunciation of words is affected by their context in connected speech.
SESSION SEVEN: Consonant Clusters at the beginning and middle of words and sounds in connected speech, disappearing sounds, contractions and tone units
Students will learn how to pronounce groups of consonants (consonant clusters) at the beginning and middle of words and learn how to divide connected speech into tone units.
SESSION EIGHT: Diphthongs: /aʊ/, /eə/, /ɪə/, /ɔɪ/ sentence stress units and tone
Students will learn which phonemic symbols represent other diphthongs. They will practice identifying and producing these diphthongs, providing more practice to identify sentence stress and tone unit.