The focus is on effective pronunciation and modifying accent in order to become most effective in professional communication and societal conversation. Learn to use practice activities for refined listening and articulation. Learn to focus on the sounds and intonation (rhythm, pitch and stress) patterns of North American English. Learn techniques and exercises for production of difficult sounds and patterns to improve your conversational and presentation speech. Designed for intermediate and advanced speakers of English, the course will improve your knowledge of the anatomy of producing sounds, help you to become familiar with the IPA, and distinguish sounds of various dialects to develop appreciation for colloquial flavor. Practice your pronunciation with an experience teacher of English as a second language and trainer of ESL and EFL teachers with the Global TESOL Program. The course includes 21 hours of class time and nine hours of online component.
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Target Audience: Individuals interested in reducing accent and gaining a more natural-sounding pronunciation of the patterns of American English. Also, individuals interested in teaching accent reduction and refinement of pronunciation.
Upon successful completion of the course the participant will be able to:
Teaching Methodology & Assessment: includes lecture, interactive exercises, online and audio component.
Criteria for Successful Completion: At a minimum, for a Clayton State University Continuing Education Certificate and CEUs: 80% of all class sessions attendance, active participation and a completed evaluation for the course. In addition, completion of the online component and audio component is required.
Hours needed to successfully deliver this course: 30 hours
CEUs to be awarded: 3.0
Leigh Lawrence has over 15 years of experience in higher education. Her background includes teaching, counseling, event planning, and serving as a director of student activities. In 2008, Ms. Lawrence earned her Global TESOL certificate and worked as an English as a Second Language instructor at the Latin American Association, Asian-American Resource Center, and Business Linguistics. She created and developed a career component for the Global TESOL certificate program, which includes consulting, career presentations, and an ESL/EFL Jobs directory. Her personal global experience includes traveling in European and Caribbean locales.
Ms. Lawrence holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Currently, she is pursuing a Master of Science in Education degree with a concentration in TESOL from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia.
Intended for individuals who can listen, speak, read and write in high-intermediate or advanced English.
The American Accent Guide: A Complete and Comprehensive Course on the Pronunciation and Speaking Style of American English for Individuals of All Language Backgrounds (2nd Edition), by Beverly A. Lujan, MS. Also, student need access to a CD player.