English language Courses

Pronunciation Training for East Asian Speakers of English

INFORMATION

Course code

PT

Dates

For the different dates see the sign up form on the bottom of this page.

Course prices

UT-employees: €270
Faculty departments pay an annual fee, so you do not pay yourself. You need permission from your head of department, and an OFI number.
Service departments will be charged with the course price, so you do not pay yourself. You need permission from your head of department, and an OFI number. 
Partners of UT-employees: €270
Non-UT participants: €350
Partners and non-UT participants can use internet payment to pay the course fee

Group size

Minimum 8 and maximum 15 participants

Trainer

Qualified teacher of English as a foreign Language

Course materials

Provided by the TCP Language: English Pronunciation in Use, Cambridge (Intermediate) / TCP material (on Blackboard)

FOR WHOM?

PhD candidates and UT staff with an East Asian language background* who want to improve their English intonation and pronunciation.

*Participant’s language background: Mandarin (China), Cantonese (China, Hong Kong, Macau), Indonesian, Korean, Thai, Mongolian, Vietnamese, Japanese.

RESULT

Participants acquire and practice skills that will lead to clearer, more natural English pronunciation and intonation. Participants develop their pronunciation and understanding of international English in order to communicate more effectively in the workplace.

CONTENT

This course will allow participants to more effectively overcome communication difficulties that are specific to having an East Asian language background. You will gain insights into the particularities of your own pronunciation and which of these features may cause misunderstanding in daily communication in an English-speaking environment. In our sessions, we will focus on improving individual sounds, stress, intonation, and sentence rhythm. You will do exercises in class and at home targeting problematic areas, and acquire a set of tools that you can use to further improve pronunciation, once the course is finished. Simultaneously, you will work on recognising features of spoken English that impede your understanding, for example when attending lectures or when colleagues are talking to you. The course will also address some intercultural aspects that are relevant to communicating effectively in an English-speaking environment.

  • Instruction about the pronunciation and intonation of English forms
  • Participants identify their English pronunciation strengths and weaknesses.
  • Includes specific material to correct common errors made by East Asian speakers > L1 accent reduction.
  • Successful pronunciation and learning strategies

DURATION AND TIME INVESTMENT

Attendance at every lesson is essential. The course consists of 8 sessions, which are held over 15 consecutive weeks, with one session per fortnight. Each session lasts one and a half hours. Homework is expected to take approximately two hours each week. The study load for this course is roughly equivalent to 2 ECTS.

ADMISSION CRITERIA

Participant’s language background: Mandarin (China), Cantonese (China, Hong Kong, Macau), Indonesian, Korean, Thai, Mongolian, Vietnamese, Japanese.
No Dialang results required. When asked for Dialang results please write NA.

Further Information
TCP LanguageCentre
Support Office
053-489 2040
 tcp@utwente.nl

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  • February 2017
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