Academic English: Pronunciation

  • 2 hours per week
  • 8 weeks


This course will help you improve your pronunciation, and so increase your effectiveness in communicating in English in academic and professional situations

It's open to anyone with an academic interest or background whose main language is not English.

Each week you'll attend a two-hour class. You'll also have one 30-minute individual tutorial during the eight weeks of the course.

Classes are limited to a maximum of 10 students.

Please note: this course does not aim to ‘get rid of your accent’ or enable you to speak like a native speaker.

This course is run by the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE).

Course aims

This course aims to:

  • increase your effectiveness in communication in an academic or professional environment through better pronunciation
  • raise awareness of the most important features of English pronunciation
  • give additional support with individual learners’ pronunciation needs through a tutorial
  • provide guidance on a self-study programme in relevant aspects of pronunciation

Who this course is for

This course is for non-native English speakers.

It's suitable for:

  • postgraduate students at UCL or another university
  • staff / researchers at UCL or another academic institution

You should have an upper-intermediate to advanced level of English (IELTS 6 or above).

Course content

The course will cover (subject to course participants’ needs):

  • The sounds of English: review and practice of English phonemes
  • Sounds and spelling
  • Consonant clusters
  • Word stress
  • Giving and receiving opinions in a discussion
  • Giving definitions and explanations – in your own subject area
  • Stress within a phrase, weak forms and contractions
  • Taking turns and communication strategies in a discussion
  • Features of connected speech: linking, assimilation etc.
  • Strategies for making yourself clear
  • Sentence stress and intonation
  • Sounding friendly and positive, showing interest
  • Putting it all together, pausing and chunking
  • Review and final guidance

Teaching and structure

Classes are two hours long and are held once a week, for eight weeks.

You may be set short homework exercises to help you practise items covered in class, or to prepare for the next class.

You'll attend one individual 30-minute tutorial. At the tutorial your tutor will help identify the main areas of pronunciation where you need to focus and practise.

While enrolled, you'll have access to online self-study resources and the extensive Self Access Centre (SAC) for further self-study support.


You can request a certificate of attendance if you attend at least 80% of classes.

Cost and concessions

The standard fee is £330.

The cost for UCL students is £270.


The course runs several times a year, beginning in October, January and May.

Updated information on which days and times the course will be running is available in the timetable on the UCL CLIE website.

How to enrol

To enrol you'll need to complete the online application form. You'll then need to pay (by card or cash) either in person or over the phone by calling the EAP team on 020 7679 8665.

You can only enrol during the set enrolment periods.

Rights and responsibilities

UCL Centre for Languages & International Education seeks to ensure that all students have a positive experience in respect of courses taken here, and fully adheres to the broader rights and responsibilities policies of UCL.

As part of our responsibility, we seek to ensure that courses follow a logical structure consistent with delivering the content and skills practise that we advertise, but with the freedom for teachers to respond (via needs analysis at the beginning of a course) to further, relevant areas of particular interest or shared concern to each student group.

If you have any questions during your course about the content or focus of your classes, please speak to your class tutor, or contact the Course Co-ordinator, Daphne Thomas, in Room 115, 26 Bedford Way. Email:

Course team

Our language teachers

You'll be taught by qualified and experienced English for Academic Purposes (EAP) staff.

Course information last modified: 02 May 2019, 14:12