This course will help you improve your North American English pronunciation using 31 daily exercises. It includes complete instructions, strategies, student demonstrations and exercises that will help you quickly and easily improve your pronunciation. The course includes 2 90-minute videos, a daily exercise workbook, and 3 follow-along audio files.
Each unit begins with a 10-15 minute video lesson from a very professional and easy-to-understand instructor, and then you will complete 2-4 days of exercises in the workbook using the audio files to help reinforce the concepts. These video lessons will help you learn the concepts before practicing the detailed exercises so you can improve quickly.
Each unit includes video demonstrations from real, students who demonstrate problem areas and techniques to help you improve specific difficulties. The students help learners identify incorrect patterns, understand the strategies and steps to solve those problems, and demonstrate improvements. Students are from 13 different countries.
This comprehensive, 240-page workbook includes practical and easy-to-understand exercises divided into 31 days of lessons. The exercises should take less than 30 minutes a day to complete. Special emphasis is given to muscle-building exercises, self-listening techniques, learning key words, and practicing the techniques in real conversations or situations. Practice exercises present information about:
use of space
many other cultural situations
Each pronunciation unit includes practical exercises with additional classroom or partner activities. Even without an instructor, learners can discover problem areas and practice the techniques to improve quickly. An answer key is included for self-study learners.
Every workbook comes with a set of audio files which include dozens of follow-along and listening exercises from the workbook. By practicing with these, you can quickly master the pronunciation skills.
Unit 1: The Basics - Muscle-building Exercises
Learn new ways to move your lips, jaw and tongue
Practice daily exercises help change your jaw, tongue, and lip movements.
Unit 2: Enunciation: Consonants
Learn to pronounce specific consonant sounds including b, p, m, f, v, th, t, d, l, n, r, k, g, ng, and h.
Learn to pronounce words with difficult groups of consonants.
Practice consonants in various places in words (beginning, middle and end) and within sentences
Build KEY WORD lists, words you most commonly use.
Learn an effective strategy to pronounce difficult words
Unit 3: Enunciation: Vowels
Learn how to pronounce vowel sounds accurately.
Learn how to open your mouth and lengthen vowels.
Unit 4: Word Stress
Learn how to divide words into syllables or units of sounds.
Learn the features of stressed and unstressed syllables.
Unit 5: Sentence Stress
Learn which words to stress in a sentence and how to make them sound stronger.
Practice the sentence stress patterns so listeners can pick out the most important words.
Unit 6: Emphasis
Learn how to help your listeners focus on the most important information in your sentences like transition words and new information.
Unit 7: Thought Groups and Pausing
Divide your sentences into manageable groups of ideas called thought groups.
Learn which words to stress in each thought group.
Unit 8: Intonation
Learn the overall “music” of English.
Practice correct intonation patterns.
Unit 9: Linking and Wrap Up
Learn strategies to make words flow smoothly.
Self Listening Exercises
Learn an effective strategy for self-monitoring - listening for your own mistakes and correcting them.
About the Authors:
Colleen Meyers and Sheryl Holt are both advanced ESL instructors at the University of Minnesota, teaching pronunciation and writing for over 30 years each. They have taught teaching assistants, business professionals, and graduate and undergraduate students in the United States and many countries around the world. They are frequent presenters at local and national conferences such as TESOL and NAFSA. Their long experience in the classroom has contributed to the practical and easy-to-use strategies that have been tested with students from over 50 countries.