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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: €300
Non-UT participants: €390
Minimum 10 and maximum 15 participants
Qualified teacher of English as a foreign Language
Provided by the TCP Language: English for Academic Study – Pronunciation Study Book, J. Smith & A. Margolis, 2012, Garnet Education (incl. 2 audio CDs) / TCP material (on Canvas)
PhD candidates and UT staff with an East Asian language background* who want to improve their English fluency and pronunciation, including intonation.
*Participant’s language background: Mandarin (China), Cantonese (China, Hong Kong, Macau), Indonesian, Korean, Thai, Mongolian, Vietnamese, Japanese.
Participants practice their speaking and listening skills in order to acquire clearer, more natural English pronunciation and intonation so that they can communicate more effectively in the workplace.
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
Commitment and course attendance is essential as we will follow the PELI approach
- Enjoy yourself
- Learn and
The course consists of 8 sessions. Each session lasts for two hours. Self-study activities will take approximately three hours each week. Ideally, course participants commit to learning on a day-to-day basis by raising their pronunciation awareness and looking upon their self-study activities as stages in the learning process. The study load for this course is roughly equivalent to 1,5 ECTS.
Participant’s language background: Mandarin (China), Cantonese (China, Hong Kong, Macau), Indonesian, Korean, Thai, Mongolian, Vietnamese, Japanese.