UCL Psychology and Language Sciences


English Pronunciation: Second Level Course

Course Code720/20
Venue:UCL Chandler House, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1PF

Course Aims

The aims of the course are:

  • to review the basic sound system of contemporary English (vowels, consonants, stress), focussing primarily on British but with reference to General American
  • to develop fluency: phrasing, linking, rhythm, accenting and intonation
  • to give structured practical feedback on each participant’s speech (within the group setting), including individual notes for continuing practice after the course

Course Overview

This is a practically-based course primarily for those who have already taken one of our short courses in pronunciation. Previous material will be reviewed and expanded, with a focus on more native-like fluency in connected speech.

The course will also include:

• include new developments in English, including intonational developments since classic 'RP'

• develop awareness of 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. Discussion is encouraged throughout.

Programme Outline

Day One

9.30 am - Registration & Coffee & Introductions

10.00 am - Introduction & Overview 

11.15 am - Break

11.45 am - Review: Vowels and weak forms

13.00 pm - Lunch Break

14.00 pm - Review: Consonants

15.15 pm - Break

15.45 pm - Review: Accentuation

17.00 pm - End

Day Two

10.00 am - Phrasing

11.15 am - Break

11.45 am - Intonation 1

13.00 pm - Lunch Break

14.00 pm - Intonation 2

15.15 pm - Break

15.45 pm - Linking 1

17.00 pm- End

Day Three

10.00 am - Linking 2

11.15 am- Break

11.45 am - Rhythm 1

13.00 pm- Lunch Break

14.00 pm - Rhythm 2

15.15 pm - Break

15.45 pm - Putting it together

17.00 pm - Course Teaching Ends


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

Course Tutor

Dr Geoff Lindsey is an Honorary Lecturer in Linguistics at University College London and Director of UCL’s annual Summer Course in English Phonetics. He holds a BA (1st class) from UCL and a PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles; he also holds the Trinity College TESOL Certificate. He has taught at London (UCL and City), Edinburgh and Cambridge Universities, and his publications include research on American and British dialects.  He has contributed to the International Phonetic Alphabet, and served as a consultant phonetician for the Concise Oxford Dictionary. 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 is a well known blogger on pronunciation and phonetics.

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

Website: www.englishspeechservices.com

YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/englishspeechservice

Course Enquiries

Division of Psychology and Language Sciences 
University College London
Chandler House 
2 Wakefield Street 
London WC1N 1PF

Tel: +44(0)20 7679 4204/4020
Fax: +44(0)20 7679 4010