Accent Neutralization

AESDC courses are taught using a combination of lectures, guided participation, drills, and practical/real-life communication practice. The course is designed to quickly equip participants with a degree of confidence in their own communication skills, allowing them to participate more readily in conversations, both in personal and professional exchanges.

One of the keys to speaking like a native is the ability to pronounce the word right by applying proper stress and the correct intonation. It is very helpful to see the instructor’s mouth so you know how to position your own mouth to make the sounds correctly. This program is designed to teach participants to voice the sounds of English letters, letter clusters, words and word clusters, using the pronunciation, rhythm and intonation of a native-English speaker. Participants will learn to apply these skills instinctively and naturally.

Building Self-Competence for English communication
   Self-assessment and planning
Basic Communication : Core Strategies and Skills
   Active Listening
   Authentic and Assertive Speaking
Strategies for Accent Neutralization, improving Pronunciation
The Sounds of English

  1. The fundamentals of English pronunciation
  2. English spelling vs. pronunciation
  3. Phonemes and the schwa sounds
  4. Letter combinations
  5. Silent letters
Problem Sounds for Non-native Speakers

  1. Long E, “Advil A”, TH, F, V, B, Z
  2. Did-dead-deed; Rake-rock-rack distinctions
  3. Substituted sounds
  4. Lax vowels (hit-hid, light-lied)
  5. Voiced and unvoiced sounds (worth-worthy)
  6. Incomplete sounds (Ending T, Soft T [“better butter”])
  7. Reduced vowels (average, broccoli, basically, chocolate)
  8. Reduced forms (whatyagonna do? I hafta go)
  9. Syllable stress
  10. Word stress
  11. Blending (Liaisons)
  12. Intonation and pausing
English Expressions

  1. Idioms
  2. Phrasal verbs

(Topics may be changed/expanded to suit client needs)

Communicating on the Phone with International Colleagues
Essentials of collaborative communication and small group communication
Intercultural Communication Skills
Cultural courtesies, managing cultural differences and ambiguities