Dates/Times: Wednesdays, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, Sept. 5 - Oct 10, 2018
Location: WeWork Lincoln Square, 5th Floor
10400 NE 4th Street Bellevue, WA 98004 map
Learn the essentials of the American accent. Improve your personal and professional communication through understanding the elements of accent: pronunciation, intonation and fluent connected speech. Course designed for proficient English speakers who wish to understand and improve their American Accent.
Each session will include:
review of resources
What People are Saying about this class:
"I would say to my friends, colleagues and co-workers . . . Speech Modification is the most important class for all international students, workers and non-native English speakers. It was the most interesting, helpful, useful, and professional class I have ever taken before." -O.E.K., Mongolian Speaker
"Great course material and learning opportunities." - Indian English Speaker
"Learning about error patterns, how to correct them, and what things I needed to correct helped me to be more confident speaking English. I learned a lot and what I learned helps me to understand and improve my speech!" -O.R., Spanish Speaker
Specific topics will include: Common accent error patterns, American English vowels, final consonant sounds, initial consonant sounds, how pronunciation affects grammar, intonation, linking and connected speech, reductions, consonant clusters, and how the American English dialect differs from other dialects of English.
Students will gain an understanding of the elements of their personal accent which affect being understood. They will learn the common error patterns of pronunciation and intonation they are making, how to correct them, and how to practice to integrate new speech patterns into their personal and professional communication. Students will learn to evaluate their own speech and that of others. They will learn additional cultural communication competencies and professional soft skills such as small talk, public speaking and direct and indirect language as they integrate pronunciation, intonation and fluency in their speaking practice.