This course has concessions available

Pronunciation L1/L2 Stage 1 – Online

Who is this course for

This is an upper intermediate-advanced level English course. It is the right course for you if you have a high level of English but you need to improve your pronunciation. 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 friends find it difficult to understand you. Perhaps you need to improve the way you sound for your work.

This course is ideal for anyone on an interpreting course or intending to enrol on one, or is currently working as an interpreter or bilingual worker.

Students attending classes outside of the Mary Ward Centre need to arrange an assessment by contacting

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 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.

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

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.

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 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.
It would also benefit your pronunciation if you were studying other L2 ESOL courses here at Mary Ward.

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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