American Accent Training for East Asian Professionals

Communicate more clearly and confidently with English-speaking employers, clients, coworkers, and friends.
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  • Lectures 25
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 9/2013 English

Course Description

This course trains East-Asian professionals how to speak with more of an American English accent. It includes video lectures and practice sheets for each section. Background languages targeted are: Chinese (Mandarin/Cantonese), Korean, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Japanese.

In American Accent Training, feedback is very important. This course features videos of feedback sessions with Mandarin (Chinese) speakers. Participants are offered feedback individually as well; once a week, you can send in a voice recording and you will receive feedback.

What are the requirements?

  • Advanced English skills

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Participants will learn how to pronounce sounds and sound sequences of American English
  • Participants will be able to use American English intonation
  • Participants will be able to use American English pronunciation in their conversations more automatically

What is the target audience?

  • East-Asian Professionals desiring to speak with more of an American Accent

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
12:36

Welcome to American Accent Training! This introductory lecture is an overview of the course and covers when and how to practice in order to learn effectively. This lecture also explains the importance of sounds at the end of words, and how they effect your speech.

Below, you will find the practice sheet for this week and the video of a demo client session about sounds at the end of words.

Demonstration Session Video-Intro
05:37
Section 2: English "r"
12:19

This lecture introduces how to make the "r" sound in the middle and end of words. It includes the following:

1. The movements and positioning needed to make a strong "r" sound

2. Hearing how "r" sounds different than other sounds

3. Producing this sound at the middle and end of words

*Note that the IPA symbol /ɹ/ and the "r" are used interchangeably. For more information about the IPA, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Phonetic_Alphabet

Demonstration Session Video- Vocalic R
03:55
02:32

This lecture continues to establish a strong production of the "r" sound. This sound is made slightly differently in the beginning of words. The lecture includes the following:

1.Practice hearing and distinguishing the “r” sound

2.Practice using the “r” in the beginning of words.

Demo Session Video- Initial R
04:24
04:32

This lecture is a continuation of the previous "r" lectures and includes the following:

1. Establishing and practicing "r" blends

2. Practicing "r" blends in the beginning, middle and end of words

Section 3: English /l/
06:48

This lecture is about how the English /l/ sound is made. It features:

1. Establishing a strong /l/ production

2. practicing the /l/ in the beginning of words

07:15

This lecture focuses on:

1. Producing a strong /l/ in different word positions

2. Practicing the /l/ sound in the medial and final positions of words

Demo Session Video- R vs. L
05:35
Section 4: Voiced and Voiceless "th"
03:19

This lecture covers the voiceless "th" sound. It includes:

1. Establishing how to make a good "th" production

2. Practicing this sound in initial, medial and final word positions.

03:12

This lecture features the voiced "th" sound (as in "the). It covers:

1. Establishing how to make a good voiced "th" production

2. Practicing this sound in initial, medial and final word positions.

08:13

This lecture covers how the /s/ sound changes with plural nouns (e.g. cats) and 3rd person verbs (e.g. sits). It features:

1. When to use the /s/ sound (e.g. cats)

2. When to use the /z/ sound (e.g. dogs)

3. When to use /ɪz/ (e.g. glasses)

Section 5: Consonant Targets for Specific Language Backgrounds
03:43

This lecture features establishing a strong production of /h/ and practicing this sound in initial and medial word positions.

03:45

This lecture covers the differences in the production of /b/ and /v/. It features establishing and practicing the /v/ sound in initial, medial and final word positions.

03:31

This lecture covers the difference between the /s/ and /z/ sounds. It includes how to make and practice a strong /z/ production in initial, medial and final word positions.

04:52

This lecture features how the /f/ and /p/ sounds are different. It covers establishing and practicing a strong /f/ sound in all word positions.

Section 6: English Vowels
11:32

This lecture covers the production of all of the English vowels and how they are made. Hearing the difference is emphasized first, then producing these sounds. It also covers how vowels are written in English.

04:15

This lecture explains how the /ɪ/ is different from the /i/. It includes establishing a strong production of /ɪ/ and practicing this sound in words.

03:29

This lecture explains how the /ɪ/ is different from /i/ and /ɛ/. It includes more practice of this sound in contrast to the other vowels.

01:46

This lecture features the difference between /ɛ/ and /æ/. It covers establishing productions of both sounds and practicing them in various word positions.

04:03

This lecture features how to make the /ʊ/ sound by contrasting it with the /u/ sound. This sound is then practiced in words.

Section 7: Stress and Intonation
11:37

This lecture features the following:

1. The difference between stress and intonation

2. Stress in words

3. General intonation/stress pattern in sentences

4. Which words are generally stressed and which words are weakened

5. Practice of stress and intonation in sentences

06:57

This lecture features the following:

1. Intonation/stress for yes/no questions

2. Intonation/stress for other types of questions

3. What words to emphasize when answering questions

Section 8: Conclusion
Conclusion Lecture
03:56

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Instructor Biography

Emily Sadeghi, M.S.CCC-SLP, Speech and Language Pathologist

Emily Sadeghi received a bachelor's degree in English from UC Irvine, where she also studied linguistics. She then earned a master's in teaching at UC Irvine. After her first master's degree, she discovered her passion for speech and language therapy, especially accent reduction, and earned a second master's degree in Speech and Language Pathology (Communication Disorders).

Emily has taught English to hundreds of English learners, and has used this experience in her speech therapy. She is passionate about empowering people by improving their communication. Emily has extensively researched the speech sound and language systems of Farsi, Mandarin, Korean, Hindi, and Spanish and several other languages to enhance her effectiveness as a speech therapist.

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