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ELI 536 Pronunciation I

Mini-course offered in 7-week and 10-week versions

In this course, you will improve your English pronunciation so that others can understand you easily when you speak. We will review the English sound system, practice difficult sounds (like /r/ /l/ and the many confusing vowel sounds), and look at how to combine sounds in words, phrases, and short sentences with effective stress and intonation. You will identify your own individual pronunciation issues. This course is ideal for you if you feel your pronunciation negatively affects your ability to communicate with others. It may also be right for you if you would like to gain a more thorough understanding of the fundamentals of the English sound system. 

Class activities include:

  • Listening exercises to identify pronunciation features in real speech (e.g. TED Talks)

  • Mimicking and practicing these features

  • Video-recorded pronunciation practice with self-evaluation 

  • Practice of pronunciation features in conversation 

  • Introduction to a range of web-based self-study tools 

  • Informal presentations

  • Developing discipline-specific pronunciation word list for your field of study

  • Keeping a journal of real-life pronunciation experiences

(1 credit)