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English Pronunciation Summer Intensive for Chinese Staff and PhDs


Are your English speaking skills good enough? You may feel you spend too much time translating in your mind. You may also feel your pronunciation is not so clear: at times your fellow-students and/or colleagues may look quite confused when you talk to them in English, leading to nervousness and lack of confidence on your part. Because of this you have probably tried to work on your English pronunciation but in fact you do not know how to improve…

The Pronunciation Summer Intensive for Chinese PhD candidates and Staff (PSICS) will help you

  • adopt really effective speaking strategies
  • express yourself more easily
  • communicate effectively
  • be better understood
  • relax more and enjoy speaking English!

COURSE preparation and initial assessment

Prior to the summer intensive you will be

  • studying the free e-book 5 common pronunciation mistakes Chinese students make and how to avoid them
  • watching the free video 3 pronunciation tips
  • completing a questionnaire and flowchart about your English speaking skills
  • recording yourself on your phone voice recorder giving a short elevator pitch about yourself and your research project

Once your trainer has received your questionnaire, flowchart and recording she will assess them carefully and personally feed you back on them.

Course commitment AND TIME INVESTMENT

You will follow the PELI approach and will be

  • Participating                 in a personalised training course
  • Enjoying yourself          experiencing and exploring English pronunciation
  • Learning                       by
  • Implementing               and integrating your new English pronunciation awarenesses and skills into your daily lives in and outside academia               

You will take part in 5 interactive coaching sessions of 3 hours each. In addition, you will commit to engaging self-study activities, which will take approximately 1 - 2 hours each day. You will find that self-study is a critical success factor in achieving your English pronunciation goals.


  • Course code


  • Programme is for

    Chinese PhD candidates and Chinese UT staff who wish to work on their English pronunciation skills  

  • ECTS

    The study load for this course is roughly equivalent to 1 ECTS.

  • Date

    Monday 27 July – Friday 31 July 2020

  • Time


  • Location

    U-Park Hotel

  • Course fee

    UT-employees: €690
    Faculty departments pay an annual fee, so you do not pay yourself. You need permission from your head of department, and an OFI number.
    Partners of UT-employees: €690
    Non-UT participants: €897
    Partners and non-UT participants can use internet payment to pay the course fee

  • Maximum participants

    Minimum of 4 and maximum of 8 participants

  • Trainers

    Marieke van der Meer, The English Pronunciation Coach

  • Course materials

    Will be provided

  • Requirements

    Participants’ first language backgrounds are Mandarin and/or Cantonese.

Further information
Marieke van der Meer
The English Pronunciation Coach
+31626935161 *WeChat ID: pronunciationcoach
UT Language Centre
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English Pronunciation Summer Intensive for Chinese Staff and PhDs
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