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Read interviews with teachers of English who have benefited from SCEP

SCEP has always attracted teachers of English, both non-natives and English native speakers. Many teachers lack confidence in teaching pronunciation. The technical and practical grounding in English Phonetics which SCEP provides is an indispensable foundation for understanding and improving the pronunciation of your students. 

  • The main lectures cover the sound system of English, with particular attention to articulation and transcription. This includes the patterns and communicative functions of English intonation. The reference accent for SCEP is the contemporary British accent known variously as Standard Southern British, General British or BBC English. Major differences with other accents are covered.
  • Small-group classes give practice in making the sounds covered in the lectures, using mirror work and other techniques. Your articulatory awareness is developed, and you can observe tutors detecting and correcting non-natives' pronunciation.
  • Ear-training classes develop the perceptual and transcribing skills which are crucial for error analysis in teaching.
  • Additional afternoon lectures and workshops vary from year to year. There is also the annual SCEP Guest Lecture by a special invited speaker.

SCEP is a very sociable course! The two weeks offer extensive opportunities for discussing ideas on theory and practice both with course staff and other teachers who are taking the course.