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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 it 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 it 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 course will be run online using Zoom for the live class sessions and either the Moodle page for the course or some other system for the distribution of the electronic resources for the session sitting alongside this. Although there will be some adjustments that need to be made for the online version of this course, we will aim to keep the experience as close as possible to that of a face to face course taught in the Centre.

  • What else do I need to buy or do?

    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:

    https://zoom.us/support/download

    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.

    You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.
    Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quiet and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

    By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.

    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.

  • What could it 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.

Available Courses

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.

15 January 2025 – 02 April 2025
Wednesday, 18:00 to 20:00
Course Code:202
£167 / £58
12 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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Pronunciation Stage 1

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.

25 September 2024 – 11 December 2024
Wednesday, 18:00 to 20:00
Course Code:201
£167 / £58
12 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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Pronunciation Stage 3

30 April 2025 – 16 July 2025
Wednesday, 18:00 to 20:00
Course Code:203
£167 / £58
12 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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