Acquire an American Accent
- 1 hour on-demand video
- 2 downloadable resources
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- Certificate of Completion
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- Clarify specific sounds that are challenging to you
- Demonstrate awareness of your individual speech patterns
- Identify carry-over qualities from your first language that impact your pronunciation of American English
- Students should speak English at a minimum of an intermediate level before taking this course. More fluent students will also benefit. Those born in the US with foreign-born parents may also benefit.
This American Accent course is an overview of some of the most common speech problems people not born in the US face when speaking American English.
- It offers specific examples and a targeted analysis of how English is spoken in the US as compared to how articulation might occur in other languages.
- Students learn to identify their own carry-over patterns from other languages that may impact their ability to be understood the first time when speaking in American English.
- Students also learn how to accelerate change so they can speak more clearly and effectively with less effort.
- Chinese, Indian, and European first language speakers as well Japanese, Korean, and Russian speakers learn what which vowels are most important to focus on.
- The course includes a vowel chart placement and a list of all 23 vowels in American English, with example words for reference, taken from Rebecca's personalized coaching program.
- Quizzes accompany each lesson to ensure the material is clear.
- Best practices, strategies and techniques to enact and sustain change are explored.
- This course is for people born outside the United States who speak English and would like to speak more clearly, effectively, and powerfully with less effort.
This is an introduction to the program and helps viewers learn how to get the most out of the lectures to apply what is learned.
In the Speech Patterns lecture, we look at how pronunciation issues don't happen in isolation. Identifying underlying patterns is the key to creating sustainable change. Once students know their specific issues, it is much easier to correct them systematically. Creating speech samples and examining them for various types of patterns is discussed as well as how to go about enacting change and monitoring progress.