Pronunciation and Presentation
Do you want to practice your pronunciation and presentation skills at the same time? In this course you practice individual sounds, your fluency and at the same time learn how to give an engaging, well-structured presentation.
Who is this course for
This is an upper intermediate-advanced level English course (Level 2). It is the right course for you if you have a high level of English but you need to improve your pronunciation especially of formal English.
There could be many reasons why you want to sound 'more English'. You may already have quite good pronunciation but want to sound more like a native speaker. Perhaps you are just interested in how English sounds and have never studied this before. Maybe you need to improve the way you sound for your work or for your studies.
This course is ideal for anyone on an interpreting course or wants to start one, or who is currently working as an interpreter or bilingual worker. It is also an excellent course those on a Level 2 ESOL course who want to practise their presentation skills.
What does this course cover
On this course, you will mainly focus on the individual sounds of English. You will learn and practise how to: use your tongue, lips, teeth and other parts of your body to make the English sounds with reasonable accuracy; hear the differences between these sounds; read and write the (phonemic ) alphabet - symbols which represent the sounds.
You will also develop strategies outside the classroom for improving your pronunciation, diagnose the areas of English pronunciation most problematic for you, and compare the sounds of your own language with those of English.
In addition, you will also learn how to give an engaging and well-structured presentation whether this is for work or for your studies.
What will it be like
The course is highly interactive with a lot of emphasis on students' discovering issues for themselves. You will develop your awareness of what your tongue and lips are doing while you speak. You will use mirrors a lot and work with your classmates in pairs and groups. There will be many varied activities to ensure there is a good pace to the class and a high level of student involvement. In particular, you will practise more formal speech in a presentation-giving context. You will have opportunities to video yourself and see where you pronunciation can improve!
The tutor will use an electronic whiteboard and many different recordings, and pay each individual student plenty of attention.
What else do you need to buy or do
You will need an A4 folder, pen, and an English-English dictionary which uses the phonemic alphabet. You should also make good use of recording devices to listen to yourself and monitor your improvement.
Towards the end of the course, the tutor will make a detailed assessment of your pronunciation through an appropriate recording.
You will need to do homework of around 2 hours per week studying your notes and practising what has been covered in class.
You will keep an Individual Student Learning Plan to help you organise your studies.
What this course could lead to
Students usually progress from this course onto Stage 2 of our three-stage pronunciation course. Other courses which students can combine with this course or go on to do include: ESOL Level 2; English: Advanced (CAE); English-Read, Write and Study Well (L2); English Literature for ESOL students; English for Business; Office Skills for ESOL students.
This course is also good preparation for any of the interpreting courses run by Mary Ward Centre.
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Why come to Mary Ward Centre?
Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.
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