Looking to improve your English speech delivery? I will be starting a new speech quality and pronunciation course this summer. See below for more information.
Speech Quality through Pronunciation and Phonology
Build learner ability and confidence in spoken English delivery. Give learners support in improving their delivery quality in areas such as pronunciation of difficult sounds (phonemes), pausing, stress, and intonation. Speech quality will be addressed at both a word/syllable level and clause/sentence level.
This is a live-online speaking course with an extra emphasis on improving pronunciation and phonology. It is most suitable for English language learners who already have basic speaking ability but have to do oral presentations, announcements, or online meetings for their study or work. It is also suitable for experienced learners who have particular problems with their pronunciation and phonology.
Learners can expect a high degree of interaction with both the teacher and other learners though small-group and pair-work activities. Learners will also be expected to evaluate and give guided feedback on other learner presentations during the course. Learners will receive detailed individual feedback reports on two 5min presentations during the course.
Feedback report sample
Learner type/level*: Intermediate (CEFR B1-B2); young adult/adult learners. All nationalities and learner types welcome.
Lesson length/timing: 50min/week x8 weeks (8 lessons)
Homework tasks: Around 60min/week
Lesson size: 5-10 learners
Course start: Sun July 4, 2021 – Sorry, registration for this course has finished
Lesson timing: Every Sun 3-3:50pm Japan time (1am EST)
Lesson format: Real-time (synchronous) online**
Total course price: USD$80.00 per student (includes course materials)
*All learners take a free 30min one-on-one lesson (& English level-check) before joining the course
**Learners need access to PC or device with a webcam & mic, and a stable internet/WIFI connection to use them.
|1||Sun July 4, 3-3:50pm||
Course outline & delivery evaluation criteria
Warm-up speaking task. Difficult phonemes.
|Prepare and practice 2min talk 1: My hometown. Practice pre-made passage 1.|
|2||Sun July 11, 3-3:50pm||Syllable stress.||Prepare and practice 2min talk 2: One of my interests. Practice pre-made passage 2.|
|3||Sun July 18, 3-3:50pm||Thought groups & focus words||Prepare and practice 5min presentation 1: A place I traveled to.|
|4||Sun July 25, 3-3:50pm||Presentation 1: A place I traveled to||Prepare and practice 2min talk 3: A famous person I’d like to meet. Practice pre-made passage 3.|
|5||Sun Aug 1, 3-3:50pm||Thought groups and intonation||Prepare and practice 2min talk 4: What I like about my work (or study). Practice pre-made passage 4.|
|6||Sun Aug 15, 3-3:50pm||More difficult phonemes||Prepare and practice 5min final presentation: A personal goal.|
|7||Sun Aug 22, 3-3:50pm||Final presentation: A personal goal||Prepare and practice 2min talk 5: The best way to learn a language. Practice pre-made passage 5.|
|8||Sun Aug 29, 3-3:50pm||Review; Feedback; Tips for further self-study||N/A|
*Lesson content may change due to class/learner needs
**Lesson times are Japan time (1am EST)