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ELI 538 Pronunciation in Context

10-session course

In this course, you will improve your English pronunciation so that you can give clear, effective presentations that impress your listeners. You will work on stress, rhythm, and intonation in order to speak more fluently and comfortably. You will identify your own individual pronunciation issues and get individual coaching on tricky sounds. You will also receive extensive individualized feedback from the instructor. This course is ideal for you if your English is generally understandable, but you would like to speak with greater clarity and fluency. Students often take this course after ELI 536 or ELI 537, Pronunciation I or II, or before ELI 544 Academic Presentations.

Class activities include: 

  • Brief video-recorded presentations, such as  

    • Informal, personal stories

    • Professional introductions

    • Process descriptions

    • Extended definitions

  • Small group tasks targeting rhythm, intonation, and linking 

  • Review of difficult English consonants and vowels

  • Role plays that focus on specific features of pronunciation

  • Personal journal of real-life pronunciation experiences

  • Self-evaluation assignments

(1 credit)