5 Days to a Better Accent
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5 Days to a Better Accent

Improve your Pronunciation Quickly & Easily
4.5 (67 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
2,500 students enrolled
Created by Nicole Kaup, M.A.
Last updated 7/2017
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 5 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Speak English more clearly & confidently
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Requirements
  • High intermediate to advanced English level
Description

This 5 day mini-course will get you speaking better immediately.  Each day, there is a short video lesson on one important aspect of accent reduction, followed by 2 practice assignments.  The lesson and assignments should take about 30 minutes per day to complete.  At the end of the 5 days, you will know the most important things to focus on for clearer speech and have several easy strategies for practicing on your own. 

If you are missing opportunities because of your accent, this class will change that for you.  Join now and experience the confidence and success that comes from speaking clear, intelligible English.  

Who is the target audience?
  • Non-native English speaking professionals & university students
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Curriculum For This Course
6 Lectures
01:24:45
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Introduction
1 Lecture 04:11
Introduction to Course - Watch this first!
04:11
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Day 1 - Thought Groups & Pausing
1 Lecture 07:53

Day 1 of the mini-course.  Students will be able to recognize word grouping and pausing in English and be able to apply it to their own speech.

Day 1 Video Lesson
07:53

Mark the pauses in the Tedtalk: Maysoon Zayid, “I got 99 Problems…Palsy is Just One.”
Ted Talk marking
1 question

Notice the thought groups & pausing in the Tyrone Wells song “More” & then sing along.
Song
1 question
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Day 2 - Reductions & Contractions
1 Lecture 10:41
Day 2 Video Lesson
10:41

Watch the clip from “Modern Family”. Write down the contractions & reductions you hear. Especially listen for the “disappearing H”.
Modern Family clip
1 question

Notice reductions & contractions in the Maroon 5 song, “Daylight”, and then sing along.
Song
1 question
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Day 3 - Connecting Words
1 Lecture 08:52
Day 3 Video Lesson
08:52

Keep listening to the dictation quiz until you’re confident you can correctly write what I’m saying.
Dictation
1 question

Notice the smooth, connected nature of this Adele song, “Water Under the Bridge”, and then sing along.
Song
1 question
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Day 4 - Stress in Words
1 Lecture 13:05
Day 4 Video Lesson
13:05

Make a list of “personal” words. Your state, city, street, company name, words used in your work/studies/hobbies. Have a native pronounce for you & mark the stress. Or listen to pronunciations at www.forvo.com
Personal Word List
1 question

Notice the nice linking in this Adam Lambert song, “Whataya Want From Me” & also contractions & reductions & then sing along.
Song
1 question
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Day 5 - Pitch
1 Lecture 13:19
Day 5 Video Lesson
13:19

“Little Red Riding Hood”. Listen to the story several times. Turn off the volume & then tell the story with the video. Be dramatic. Use varying pitch to make the story interesting.
Little Red Riding Hood
1 question

Review the Katy Perry song, “Firework”, for all things learned this week, and then sing along in your best American English accent.
Song
1 question
About the Instructor
Nicole Kaup, M.A.
4.5 Average rating
66 Reviews
2,500 Students
1 Course
Accent Reduction Specialist

Nicole Kaup is a professional ESL (English as a Second Language) instructor and accent reduction specialist. She has 16 years experience teaching adults from all over the world. She has taught at colleges, universities and in intensive English programs in the U.S. and in China. She has also worked privately with foreign born professionals, including engineers, doctors and business people. Her degrees are in teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), foreign languages and business, in addition to advanced training in American English pronunciation, accent reduction techniques and teaching methodologies. She speaks Spanish fluently and has a working knowledge of Portuguese, German and Mandarin as well.