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Contemporary English Pronunciation A practical workshop

Ref:
543/13
Date: 16th to 19th September 2013
Venue: UCL Chandler House, Bloomsbury, London
Cost: £300
Places:
12
Programme: Download
To Apply:
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Course Aims


The aims of the course are:

• to outline the sound system of contemporary English (vowels, consonants, stress and intonation), focussing primarily on Standard British and also with reference to General American

• to give structured practical feedback on each participant’s pronunciation (within the group setting), so that participants have a programme for continuing practice after the course.

Course Overview


This is a practically-based course for those who want to pronounce English more natively.

It will be useful for those who use English in their professional work. It will also be beneficial to academics, teacher trainers and educators at all levels (pre-school, primary, secondary, vocational, adult) including non-teaching staff such as administrators, career advisors and counsellors.

No technical knowledge of phonetics is required, as all concepts and symbols will be explained as part of the course.

The course will also

• include new developments in English, with discussion of both phonetic and social-cultural factors which have shaped the contemporary language.

• explore informational packaging in English, which can enhance effective communication, teaching and presentation-giving.

• involve interactive participation, giving students the opportunity to improve their language skills and confidence.

• provide those participants who teach with ideas and resources for English pronunciation teaching, including use of the internet.  Methodological debate and discussion will be encouraged.


At the end of the course participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance


PROGRAMME

Monday 16th September, 2013

9.30am

REGISTRATION AND COFFEE and introductions

10.00am

Introduction and Individual Feedback with Group Practice

11.15am

BREAK

11.45am

Stress and Weak Forms I

13.00pm

LUNCH BREAK

14.00pm

Stress and Weak Forms II

3.15pm

BREAK

3.45pm

Individual Feedback with Group Practice

5.00 pm END

Tuesday 17th September, 2013

10.00am

Individual Feedback with Group Practice

11.15am

BREAK

11.45am

Intonation I

13.00pm

LUNCH BREAK

14.00pm

Intonation II

3.15pm

BREAK

3.45pm

Individual Feedback with Group Practice

5.00 pm

END

Wednesday 18th September, 2013

10.00am

Individual Feedback with Group Practice

11.15am

BREAK

11.45am

Vowels I

13.00pm

LUNCH BREAK

14.00pm

Vowels II

3.15pm

BREAK

3.45pm

Individual Feedback with Group Practice

5.00 pm

END

Thursday 19th September, 2013

10.00am

Individual Feedback with Group Practice

11.15am

BREAK

11.45am

Consonants I

13.00pm

LUNCH BREAK

14.00pm

Consonants II

3.15pm

BREAK

3.45pm

Individual Feedback with Group Practice

5.00 pm

COURSE ENDS


COURSE TUTOR

Dr Geoff Lindsey holds a BA (1st class) from UCL and a PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has taught at London (UCL and City), Edinburgh and Cambridge Universities, and his publications include research on American and British dialects.  He was a contributor to the Kiel revision of the International Phonetic Alphabet, and a consultant phonetician for the Concise Oxford Dictionary on CD-ROM.  He also holds the Trinity College TESOL Certificate. In addition he is an experienced forensic voice analyst.

Geoff specialises in teaching English pronunciation to a wide range of students, actors and professionals.

He also has wide professional experience of TV and film as a writer and director.

Website: www.englishspeechservices.com

This is a practically-based course for those who want to pronounce English more natively.

It will be useful for those who use English in their professional work. It will also be beneficial to academics, teacher trainers and educators at all levels (pre-school, primary, secondary, vocational, adult) including non-teaching staff such as administrators, career advisors and counsellors.

No technical knowledge of phonetics is required, as all concepts and symbols will be explained as part of the course.

The course will also

• include new developments in English, with discussion of both phonetic and social-cultural factors which have shaped the contemporary language.

• explore informational packaging in English, which can enhance effective communication, teaching and presentation-giving.

• involve interactive participation, giving students the opportunity to improve their language skills and confidence.

• provide those participants who teach with ideas and resources for English pronunciation teaching, including use of the internet.  Methodological debate and discussion will be encouraged.


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