PRONUNCIATION FIRST

a systematic approach to teaching pronunciation

PRONUNCIATION FIRST. EVERYTHING ELSE LATER. 

  • Awareness of the important features of pronunciation

  • Identify common problems for both individuals and groups of students

  • Teach pronunciation features incorporating drills and exercises into dialogues, role-plays and presentations.

WHAT IS PROSODIC TRAINING?

Prosodic training is a systematic approach to learning or adopting a new speech accent. It is the process of learning the sound system (or phonology) and melodic intonation of a language so the non-native speaker can communicate with clarity to be understood by the general public of this second language.  

Prosodic training is not the same as ESL (English as a Second Language) classes. Prosodic training classes go beyond learning vocabulary and grammar and focus upon clarity of speech and fine-tuning a specific accent or dialect. PRONUNCIATION FIRST focuses on General American sound system. 

AN INTRODUCTION

   In English, communication is established when both speaker and listener use and recognize certain melodic and rhythmic cues. These cues make clear the relationship between ideas, communicate emphasis, and clarify the intention of the speaker. Communication in spoken English is dictated by the "music" playing in the background.

    Learners rarely use or recognize the cues that native listeners count on. Therefore, their ability to follow meaning in a conversation is impaired. As a result, conversational breakdowns occur. 

    Working on pronunciation is beneficial for both speaking and listening skills. Learning how to produce English sounds will enable learners to identify those same sounds when listening to a native speaker. Once their listening ability is improved, they gain confidence.

    This course presents an approach to pronunciation that highlights the interrelatedness of various aspects of the English language and provides teachers with a framework that enables them to teach pronunciation effectively.

    The course addresses the individual elements of pronunciation, but always within the framework of a larger system that uses all these individual elements to make speakers’ ideas understandable to their listeners.

WHAT HAPPENS IN

A TYPICAL COURSE?

   The course was developed to fill the needs of teachers who have some experience teaching the English language but have little or no training in teaching pronunciation. It means that the program goes over the basic features of English pronunciation but also provides teachers with a complete framework for teaching it. 

   -  You will learn how to produce all the GenAm vowel and consonant sounds correctly

   - You will be taught such topics as the stress pattern and rhythm of spoken English, intonation, emphasis, speech flow, pause, pitch, pace, and so on. 

   - You will be shown how to warm up your voice, getting your mouth and vocal muscles ready to make the new sounds.

    - You will be given a consistent framework for teaching pronunciation.

    - You will be given feedback on exactly where your accent or pronunciation differs from these sounds

WHAT ACCENT WILL I STUDY?

  General American English or General American (abbreviated GA or GenAm) is the umbrella accent of American English spoken by a majority of Americans and widely perceived, among Americans, as lacking any distinctly regional, ethnic, or socioeconomic characteristics. In reality, it encompasses a continuum of accents rather than a single unified accent. Standard Canadian English is sometimes considered to fall under the phonological spectrum of General American, especially rather than the United Kingdom's Received Pronunciation; in fact, spoken Canadian English aligns with General American in nearly every situation where British and American accents differ.

COURSE STRUCTURE

   The course comprises 24 hours of classes (divided into 6 4-hour modules) and 1 hour of assisted teaching practice per teacher after the course is finished. 

   Assisted teaching practice is conducted individually, filling the teachers' specific needs. These sessions are scheduled according to our schedule and demand. 

    The course also provides teachers with a complete bibliography for further self-taught study time and resources for teaching pronunciation according to the framework studied during the course.

REGISTRATION

AND FEES 

Duration:

3 months

 

Classes: 

Saturday -  

Sunday - 09 am – 11 a.m 

 

Dates

Available soon 

Total investment: R$1170,00
 

special offer: R$819,00 (30% OFF)

 

* price available if you pay in full by July 3nd

FAQ

1. Can I take one module at a time?

    Yes, but course dates vary. Although each module focuses on a couple of essential concepts and teaching practices, you will still need information and techniques that are presented as the modules advance.

2. I have little or no experience teaching. Can I take the course?

    Yes. Whether you are a recent graduate wanting to start your career or an experienced teacher, this course will give you the tools you need to teach pronunciation. Our small group sizes and close attention to the needs of the trainees will ensure that you receive the personal attention and support needed to meet the challenges of the course.

3. Who is this course for?

    Improving pronunciation is crucial if you wish to communicate effectively, but teachers often lack confidence in this area because it tends to be neglected in teaching materials and training courses. This course is aimed at teachers who would like to improve their knowledge and practical classroom skills in teaching pronunciation.

4. How will this course help me develop?

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