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The Sound of English II™: Relearning English Pronunciation

Course Objective

This 2-day intensive programme will help participants to dramatically improve their English pronunciation by highlighting and correcting a number of common errors typically committed by Malaysian speakers of English.

Course Methodology

This programme focuses on practical exercises. Participants will select and read a short story and be recorded. Subsequently, they will be taken through several key areas where special attention needs to be paid (the common errors). The reading exercise is repeated at intervals. Towards the end of the programme, the participants will be given a chance to ask about the pronunciation of additional words that they are uncertain of. Finally, they will read the short story and be recorded again. A comparison of the “before” and “after” videos will show the positive impact of using correct pronunciation.

Course Syllabus

Module 1
The importance of correct English pronunciation, the problem with Malaysian pronunciation, what is Received Pronunciation, how to read the International Phonetic Alphabet, recorded reading
Module 2
Plosive Sounds I
Pronounce b, d, g, k, p and t with a puff of air, reading exercise
Module 3
Plosive Sounds II
Combinations of plosive sounds in root words and past tense, reading exercise
Module 4
The Schwa
Learn the most common sound in the English language, reading exercise
Module 5
Th, v, z
Distinguish these sounds from t, w/f and s respectively, reading exercise
Module 6
Long Vowels & Diphthongs, Phrasing
Distinguish long and short vowel sounds, speak in phrases rather than word by word, reading exercise
Module 7
Additional Words
Participants may ask about the pronunciation other words that they are uncertain of
Module 8
The Way Forward
Recorded reading, comparison of "before" and "after" videos, tips for further training and improvement