American English: Important Sounds for Perfect Pronunciation
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American English: Important Sounds for Perfect Pronunciation

Learn to Speak Like a Native
4.6 (50 ratings)
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Created by Nicole Kaup
Last updated 11/2018
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This course includes
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 23 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Students will be able to correctly pronounce the following American English sounds: the schwa, ER, R Controlled vowels, R, short I, L, ED endings, S, Z & S endings.
Requirements
  • Have a high intermediate to advanced English level. Complete the "5 Days to a Better Accent" course.
Description

This course is designed for the high-intermediate to advanced English speaker who wants to improve their pronunciation of spoken English. It continues to build on concepts learned in the “5 Days to a Better Accent” course. While the "5 Days" course focused on the more rhythmic and melodic aspects of spoken English, this course focuses on individual sounds that can be problematic. The class was created specifically to target the most frequent and characteristic sounds of American English that are typically difficult and/or unknown for non-native English speakers: the schwa, ER, R colored vowels, R, short i, long e, L, ED endings, S, Z and S endings. Focusing on the most high frequency problematic sounds allows you to more quickly and effectively make changes in your pronunciation.

Included in the course is a 70 page downloadable workbook full of practice activities. You will be actively learning in this class. You will find auditory discrimination activities to train your ear to hear key sounds, practice with the International Phonetic Alphabet, and individualized practice. There are activities involving songs and video clips, popular sayings, jokes and American culture, so you will not only learn, but also enjoy your practice sessions. Words used in class examples are taken from English high frequency lists, so you will hear and speak words that you will likely use on a daily basis. In addition, your practice is personalized, using words from your own personal high frequency list, to make your training as relevant and effective as possible. Take the pre and post tests to hear the difference in your speech as a result of the course.


Who this course is for:
  • Non-native English speakers wanting to improve their pronunciation of difficult sounds in American English
Course content
Expand all 22 lectures 02:53:36
+ The Schwa
4 lectures 36:27
The Schwa Part 1- Review of Word Stress
10:16
The Schwa Part 2
07:34
The Schwa Part 3
07:43
Online Dictionary Demo
10:54
+ ER, R Controlled Vowels, R
5 lectures 33:06
ER Part 2
04:15
R Controlled Vowels Part 1
06:19
R Controlled Vowels Part 2
10:11
The R Sound
06:52
+ The Short i
3 lectures 30:58
The Short i Part 1
11:54
Short i Part 2 - Short i Long e
12:20
Short i Part 3 - Short i as Schwa
06:44
+ The L Sound
3 lectures 18:44
L Part 1
06:18
L Part 3 - Syllabic L
05:08
+ ED Endings
2 lectures 20:28
ED Ending Part 1
10:05
ED Ending Part 2
10:23
+ S, Z & S Endings
3 lectures 28:09
The S & Z Sounds
07:55
S Endings Part 1
09:40
S Endings Part 2
10:34
+ Conclusion
1 lecture 01:37
Congratulations!
01:37