English Language Education

Better Pronunciation

This course is for undergraduate and postgraduate students whose first language is not English and who have found difficulty with English pronunciation.

Course Details

This course is for undergraduate and postgraduate students whose first language is not English and who have found difficulty with English pronunciation. The course will explore problems areas in participants’ English speech and work towards improved public speaking for academic and general purposes. The course will make use of electronic speech study tools available online, also suitable for continued study after the course has ended. There will be some work with locally installed pronunciation software. Participants will be able to receive individual help from the tutor throughout the course.

Course Content

The course covers the following areas:

  • Identifying problem sounds and problem words
  • Rhythm and word stress
  • Effective speech production
  • Carrying out a public speaking task

Teaching Methods

The course consists of four workshops of two hours’ duration each. The course is progressive, moving from identifying problems in individual speech sounds to work on connected speech, stress and rhythm. During the course, participants study a passage of English for public speaking and produce a recording of their work.

 

Week 1: diagnostic listening: finding problem words and sounds.

Week 2: diagnostic listening and reading aloud; studying a passage of spoken English.

Week 3: exercises in rhythm and stress; preparing a passage of spoken English.

Week 4: exercises in rhythm and stress; preparing a passage of spoken English.

Week 5: public speaking exercise with recording; feedback; conclusions and advice on follow-up work

Class Size

There will be a maximum of 10 students in a class.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students should have

  1. mastered at least one public speaking task in English
  2. improved their control, clarity and confidence in speaking English.

Timing and Location

Fridays from 3 November 2017 14:10pm-16:00pm (5 weeks)

Paterson’s Land, Holyrood Road.

Eligibility

All undergraduate and postgraduate students currently studying at the University of Edinburgh.

Registration

Please complete and submit the following online form:

ELSIS Registration Form

The application deadline is Friday 20 October 2017.

 

Independent Study Materials