Pronunciation Stage 2
Did you know that 'and' can be pronounced in at least four different ways? On Stage 2, you will focus on your fluency, practise your linking, rhythm and stress and learn how the pronunciation of words can change in different contexts.
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.
Stage 2 is the second part of a three stage course.
What does this course cover
Stage 2 focuses on aspects of connected speech. This means you will be learning about and practising linking, rhythm and stress, both at word level and in your normal everyday speech. You will also learn about how some sounds change depending on the situation - for example, whether you are stressing a word or not, or whether they are followed by certain other sounds. You will also be introduced to English intonation.
You will also continue the work you did in Stage 1 on how to make and recognise individual sounds, and read and write phonetically.
What will it be like
This course is highly interactive with a lot of emphasis on students' discovering issues for themselves. You will develop your own awareness of what is happening in connected speech rather than your teacher just telling you. You will learn how to analyse language so that you can practise outside the classroom, in your normal life. You will frequently work in pairs and groups and 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 record yourself towards the end of the course so the tutor can make a detailed assessment of your pronunciation. 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 Learning Plan to help you organise your studies.
What this course could lead to
After Stage 2 you can move to Stage 3 of the pronunciation course. You may also be ready to do an interpreting course - see www.marywardcentre.ac.uk for details.
It would also benefit your pronunciation if you were studying other L2 ESOL courses here at Mary Ward.
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This course is accredited
This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria
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