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English Pronunciation Course for Overseas-Born Professionals

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Limited Time Only | 25% off English Courses

From 3 September – 31 December inclusive, receive 25% off any English course.* The discount will apply automatically on checkout.

*Enrolments made as part of this offer are non-refundable. This discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.


It’s surprising and sometimes discouraging how often we are judged by the way we speak. Overseas-born professionals can find it difficult to have their skills recognised in a new environment because of the way their accent is interpreted. Through interactive workshops focusing on speech sounds, intonation and social context, you will improve your communicative confidence by learning to identify your own trouble spots and learn techniques to reinforce and enhance your professional capabilities.

Outcomes

By the end of this course, you should have acquired the knowledge and tools to continue addressing, practising and improving your pronunciation skills. Additionally, you should be able to:

  • manipulate your vocal tract to correctly form individual phonemes (consonants and vowels)
  • link sounds with timing for improved speech rhythm
  • express yourself more efficiently and persuasively with meaningful use of intonation and stress
  • self-monitor and self-correct your own pronunciation skills
  • identify speech patterns and nuances particular to Australian speakers
  • communicate with Australian-born professionals with improved confidence.

Content

Introduction to the various elements of pronunciation and discussion of individual needs and objectives

  • What is pronunciation? – segmental and suprasegmental aspects
  • The importance of pronunciation for overseas-born professionals: It is now commonly agreed by teachers that explicit pronunciation teaching is a crucial aspect of structured language learning (Fraser, 1999). Firstly, confidence with pronunciation enables learners – such as overseas-born professionals – the ability to interact confidently with native speakers, which is fundamental to all aspects of their linguistic development. Secondly, poor pronunciation diminishes favourable language skills and condemns overseas-born professionals to less than their deserved work, academic and social advancement. Without sufficient pronunciation skills, the professional’s ability to communicate effectively, persuasively and professionally is critically limited (Varasarin, 2007). By making improvements to their pronunciation, overseas-born professionals can improve their confidence and motivation. They also stand to improve their comprehension and fluency levels as well as learn to self-monitor and self-correct their pronunciation over time for lasting communicative gains (Al-Azzawi & Barany, 2015; Thompson & Gaddes, 2005)
  • Individual needs and objectives
  • Phonemes and sounds in isolation – consonants

Intonation: Rising and falling speech patterns and inflection

  • Voice and vocal quality
  • Summary of the group’s needs and objectives
  • Intonation: rising and falling speech patterns
  • Intonation: inflection
  • Sounds in isolation – consonants

Rhythm – word and sentence stress

  • Understanding syllables and syllable stress
  • Word and sentence Stress
  • Rhythm
  • Sounds in isolation – consonants

Linking in connected speech

  • Connected speech: linking and sound mergers
  • Sounds in isolation – consonants

Vowels – monophthongs

  • Volume
  • Australian voices
  • Chunking
  • Sounds in isolation – vowels (monophthongs)

Vowels – diphthongs

  • Sounds in isolation – vowels (diphthongs)
  • Summing it all up
  • Suggestions for self-study

Intended Audience

Suitable for advanced second-language English speakers who have a high level vocabulary and grammar knowledge. This course does not provide instruction in grammar, writing, spelling or comprehension.

Delivery Style

Presented in an actively engaging way, combining presenter explanation, instruction and demonstration, as well as interactive discussions, group work and pair work activities. Active participation is highly encouraged and beneficial.

Recommended Reading

Ashton, H & Shepherd, S 2012, Work on Your Accent: Clearer Pronunciation for Better Communication, HarperCollins.

Boyer, S 2001, Understanding English pronunciation: an integrated practice course, Boyer Educational Resources.

Cameron, S 2011, Perfecting Your English Pronunciation, McGraw-Hill Education.

Cox, F 2012, Australian English Pronunciation and Transcription, Cambridge University Press.

References

Al-Azzawi, MB & Barany, LKS 2015, ‘Teaching Pronunciation: Revisited’, Arab World English Journal (AWEJ), vol. 6, no. 4, pp. 153–165.

Fraser, H 1999, ‘ESL pronunciation teaching: Could it be more effective?’, Australian Language Matters, vol.7, no. 4, pp. 7–8.

Thompson, T & Gaddes, M 2005, ‘The Importance of Teaching Pronunciation to Adult Learners’, Asian EFL Journal.

Varasarin, P 2007, An Action Research Study of Pronunciation Training, Language Learning Strategies and Speaking Confidence, Victoria University.

Features

  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Small class sizes
  • Free, expert advice
  • Student materials – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion

What others say.

  • Due to the difficult theme that was taught I consider the quality of the class was outstanding. The tutor was able to cope with the challenge of keeping the class engaged in the topic, which was fundamental for our better understanding about the topics that we were studying. For sure I will recommend this course to my friends because I know that it will live up to their expectations.

  • The tutor stood out with not only knowledge, but understanding the difficulties of the language for foreigners.

  • This course is very good for overseas born professionals and I would strongly recommend the University of Sydney.

  • Excellent teacher and curriculum. It was good for me to learn not only pronunciation of single words but also sentences, conjunction and so on.

  • The tutor is very entertaining and friendly – I enjoyed taking their lessons!

  • Thanks to the tutor for always being very aware of the many different cultures and language groups in the class. Even though some of us had very funny accents and were unable to make certain sounds, the situations were managed well so that we all felt comfortable and not embarrassed.

  • Great class, great teacher, extremely useful!

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What others say.

  • My expectations were well met. Excellent teacher! No dull moment. I highly recommend this course for overseas-born professionals, it was very helpful.
  • The tutor stood out with not only knowledge, but understanding the difficulties of the language for foreigners.
  • The presenter is very enthusiastic and was able to engage students throughout the course. It was useful to learn the rules of pronunciation. The learning material was designed to facilitate practice at one's own convenience. Time and money well spent.