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Pronunciation

The Pronunciation course focuses on the fundamentals of North American English production. The purpose of this course is to help students modify their speech patterns to improve their speaking comprehensibility.

For Fall 2019, Pronunciation will meet as a class at the ELC twice weekly through mid-October, and as individual meetings with the instructor for the remainder of the semester.

(Spring 2020 only)

Activities include:

  • classroom instruction and practice
  • digitally recorded assignments with individualized feedback
  • focusing on segmentals (individual, problematic phonemes/sounds)
  • focusing on suprasegmentals (stress and intonation patterns for various speech functions)

Focus of the course is on:

  • identifying and approximating the phonemes of North American English
  • identifying and approximating the stress and intonation patterns in extended discourse
  • increasing intelligibility
  • increasing fluency
  • increasing accuracy

Both semesters cover all aspects of pronunciation.