Accent Neutralization

A practical, experiential course to help you use English with greater ease and confidence, whether for business, travel, daily transactions and social interactions. Using real-life scenarios, students build vocabulary of useful lexis, improve grammar, and apply quick strategies to overcome difficulties.

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Description

  • This program is designed to teach participants to understand their accent and move towards a more natural accent they are more comfortable with.
  • Understand various accents and varieties of English
  • Produce individual sounds of English (vowels and consonants)
  • Produce consonant and vowel clusters
  • Apply standard stress, liaisons and intonation
  • Apply shortcuts to pronouncing longer words, phrases and fixed expressions
  • Produce extended speech by pausing and dividing speech into units
  • Move from intelligible and comprehensible speech to a natural-sounding accent

Speak English with a more neutral and natural accent by learning and applying techniques to improve pronunciation, stress, liaisons and intonation. Practice with native speakers and non-native speakers to gain more exposure to various accents, and help improve your own.

Who can take the course

  • Duration: 16-40 hours
  • Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
  • Participants: Anyone wishing to improve their accent and overally comprehensibility

Class Schedule

FAQs

  • Q: Can the course help me with my difficulty pronouncing certain consonant and vowel sounds?
  • A: This is the perfect course for you, as it offers proven techniques to deal with sounds that most non-native speakers find difficult, such as the /th/, /v/ and /f/ sounds, as well as long and short vowel sounds.
  • Q: Does the course include grammar and vocabulary topics?
  • A: Only incidentally, as the focus is really on improving your delivery.
  • Q: What activities are included in the course?
  • A: You’ll have a lot of fun doing tongue-twisters, reading aloud poetry, stories and news articles, and even sing songs, if you’re up for it. You’ll also have listening exercises to show you how native and nonnative speakers speak and how you can mimic the sounds.

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