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Accent Reduction and ESL

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Accent Reduction Part 1

The international speaker of English can greatly improve pronunciation with the assistance of this professional speech-language pathologist. Each student will have the opportunity to practice new pronunciations with direct feedback from the instructor. As students focus on changing pronunciation, they also acquire American formal and informal expressions in a relaxed, workshop-style course setting. The textbook is included, which will be handed out at the first meeting. Limited to 15.

What will be covered:

  • Recognition of the difference between the targeted American English sounds and error productions
  • Pronunciation of a number of sounds the American way in isolation, words and sentences
  • Inclusion of these new productions in oral reading and in your spontaneous speech
  • Introduction of American formal and informal expressions

After this class, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the difference between the targeted American English sounds and error productions
  • Pronounce a number of sounds the American way in isolation, words and sentences
  • Begin to include these new productions in your spontaneous speech

Section: ACCNTRED (06SEP17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Sep 06, 2017 End Date: Oct 25, 2017 Tuition: $375.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Donna Hope Register
Section: ACCNTRED (16OCT17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Oct 16, 2017 End Date: Nov 20, 2017 Tuition: $375.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Jennifer Brown Parker Register
Section: ACCNTRED (22JAN18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Jan 22, 2018 End Date: Feb 26, 2018 Tuition: $375.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Jennifer Brown Parker Register
Section: ACCNTRED (07MAR18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Mar 07, 2018 End Date: Apr 25, 2018 Tuition: $375.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Donna Hope Register

Accent Reduction Part 2

Further practice the sounds you learned in Accent Reduction: American English Pronunciation and learn how to incorporate them into your spontaneous speech. Simultaneously expand your knowledge and use of vocabulary and American expressions in areas such as descriptive language, oral explanations, guided discussions, and examining how to reply American-style in various conversational situations. Limited to 10 for an intimate setting to enhance learning potential.

PREREQUISITE: You must complete Accent Reduction Part 1 before taking this course.

CLICK HERE FOR REQUIRED BOOK


What will be covered:

  • Learning to produce the target sounds in multi-syllable words through extensive oral reading
  • Analysis of short video clips for auditory discrimination, humor and vocabulary/American expressions
  • Oral explanations, conversation, discussion with attention to inclusion of all target sounds


After this class, you will be able to:

  • Pronounce the target sounds more consistently in both oral reading and in spontaneous speech
  • Better discriminate discrete words in rapid speech, even when the words are not fully spoken
  • Expand your knowledge and use of American expressions in areas such as descriptions, explanations, paraphrasing and replies

Section: ACCNTREDCNT (24JAN18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Jan 24, 2018 End Date: Feb 28, 2018 Tuition: $250.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Donna Hope Register

Conversational English for Non-Native Speakers

This course is designed for non-native speakers of English who wish to polish their conversational skills. The intent is to increase your confidence and fluency through guided practice that will help you improve your comprehension, expand your vocabulary, and raise your awareness of pronunciation and grammar (accuracy) issues. You will practice in pairs, small groups, and with the class as a whole. Speaking practice will include both prepared topics, improvisation, and spontaneous exchanges. Topics will be selected based on the interests of the course participants. In addition to some grammar discussion and/or practice and plenty of natural conversation, class activities may include games, role playing, presentations, and possibly a debate. Your teacher will give you personalized feedback on your grammar usage, vocabulary, and pronunciation. She will also provide suggestions for improvement and materials for further practice. No textbook required. Class is limited to 12 students to ensure individual speaking assistance and small group conversation direction.

The target level for this course is Intermediate. To find out if this class is the right level for you, please look at the video samples on the ACTFL Website


If your skills are similar to those in the Novice level, this course may be too difficult for you. If your skills are similar to those in the Advanced, Superior, or Distinguished levels, this course may not be challenging enough for you.
Section: CONVENGL (05FEB18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Feb 05, 2018 End Date: Mar 26, 2018 Tuition: $445.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Elizabeth T. Holtam Register

ESL Writing & Grammar

This course is designed for proficient non-native speakers of English who wish to fine-tune their writing skills. Participants will practice writing in formats of their choice: simple compositions, academic essays, business and personal letters, e-mails, opinion pieces, and more. Grammar concepts such as verb tense and form, sentence clauses, sentence structure, transitions, and articles will be reviewed.

Note that book to purchase is the 2nd edition, not the 3rd edition. Be sure any vendor can promise timely delivery so you are not without book for multiple sessions.

CLICK HERE FOR REQUIRED BOOK

After this class, you will be able to:

  • Identify and correct grammatical errors made when writing;
  • Write in English with increased accuracy, confidence, and ease.

Section: ESLWRIGRAM (18OCT17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Oct 18, 2017 End Date: Dec 13, 2017 Tuition: $445.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Elizabeth T. Holtam Register
Section: ESLWRIGRAM (16APR18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Apr 16, 2018 End Date: Jun 11, 2018 Tuition: $445.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Elizabeth T. Holtam Register