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Pronunciation Stage 1 Online

Learn how to make the individual sounds (phonemes) in English, hear the differences between them and those of your first language. Discover how to read and write the phonemic script, a special alphabet for sounds. Learn how to use your tongue, lips and teeth to make English sounds more accurately and develop stategies outside the classroom for improving your pronunciation.

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Who is this course for

This is an upper intermediate-advanced level English course. It is designed for students who have completed Stage 1 pronunciation. It may also be suitable for someone who already has an extensive knowledge of English phonetics, but you will need to have an advice and assessment meeting before joining the course.
It is the right course for you if you know the phonemic alphabet well and have a good knowledge of the articulation of individual English sounds. Now, you wish to extend your knowledge and practice so that you can link words better and improve your rhythm and stress.
This course is ideal for anyone on an interpreting course or intending to enrol on one, or who is currently working as an interpreter or bilingual worker.

What does this course cover

On Stage 1 students focus on the individual sounds of English. There are three main areas to the course. You will learn and practise how to:
(a) use your tongue, lips, teeth and other parts of your body to make the English sounds with reasonable accuracy;
(b) hear the differences between these sounds;
(c) read and write the (phonemic) alphabet - symbols which represent the sounds.
You will also be able to 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

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 a good pace to the class. 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 will need to do homework of around 2 hours per week studying your notes and practising what has been covered in class.

The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:

You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.
Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session.
By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes

What this course could lead to

After Stage 1 you can move to Stage 2 of the pronunciation course. You may also be ready to do an interpreting course - see for details.

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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