Course Description

The main objective of the course is to provide extensive practice with individual speech sounds and features of connected speech, including patterns of sentence stress and intonation. Students begin by submitting an audio/video file for diagnosis by the instructor of their particular pronunciation problems and for benchmarking against further recordings made in the middle and at the end of the course. In each lesson, students have opportunities to practice target sounds and language through short presentations, sketches, games, and recitations. Students also utilize tools to identify and correct personal areas of improvement, such as self-evaluations, peer reviews, instructor feedback, pronunciation log entries, and online resources.

Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

•    Count syllables to include past and present tense verbs as well as common words with silent letters
•    Discern between alphabet and relative vowel sounds and apply various vowel rules
•    Use vowel clarity and schwa sound to stress peak syllables
•    Discern between commonly confused consonants
•    Discern between common voiced and voiceless sounds
•    Identify stress in multi-syllable words through words stress rules
•    Identify content and structure words and use focus rules to emphasize focus words
•    De-emphasize structure words through the use of the schwa sound, contractions, linking, and reductions
•    Utilize intonation through the use of words and sentence stress patterns
•    Apply rules associated with questions and statements to use intonation in an appropriate manner

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