ELIUP 068 Pronunciation & Accent Reduction • 4.5 Cr.
Students learn and practice specific difficult sounds, proper mouth position, stress, intonation, and rhythm, and how to assess and improve their own pronunciation. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the ELI program.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Understand and better produce American English phonemes
- Vowels, long and short, schwa
- Consonant clusters
- Recognize, distinguish and produce minimal pairs (s/sh/ t/th, b/p, r/l)
- Know the position of the tongue, mouth, and lips for each of the sounds above
- Recognize and better produce correct intonation and stress in sentence level conversation.
- Recognize the pronunciation difficulties that he/she and other speakers of his/her native language have in pronouncing English AND do exercises to overcome these difficulties and reduce the difference between his/her pronunciation and that of native speakers.
- Recognize basic differences in American dialects (New England, southern, Standard).
- Self assess his/her English language utterances for volume, intonation, stress, and pronunciation and take steps to improve these.