The Rhythm & Melody of American English - Part 1
What you'll learn
- Student will speak more understandable English after having mastered the correct use of word and sentence stress, contractions and reductions.
- A high intermediate to advanced level of English. Must be proficient at reading, writing, understanding and speaking English to be successful in this course.
This class is the first in a two-part series on American English intonation. Intonation includes the rhythmic and melodic aspects of language such as correctly stressing syllables and words, reducing and connecting words, grouping words, pausing in the correct places and using appropriate pitch. The series is designed to help the high-intermediate to advanced English speaker master the key elements for speaking clear, understandable English. The courses focus on the musical and rhythmic aspects of pronunciation, which are the most important aspects of intelligible English speech. This course includes a free 50+ page workbook, is interactive and requires active participation. Part 1 covers the topics of word stress and sentence stress, contractions and reductions. Part 2 includes linking, thought groups and pausing, non-verbal communication and pitch.
Who this course is for:
- Advanced non-native English speakers who are proficient in the language, but have difficulty being understood when speaking.
Nicole Kaup is a professional ESL (English as a Second Language) instructor and accent reduction specialist. She is a native English speaker with 19 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.