Elocution - learn British Received Pronunciation production
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Elocution - learn British Received Pronunciation production

Work with me towards better pronunciation of English words by understanding where and how we produce commons sounds.
3.9 (4 ratings)
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Last updated 2/2017
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Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Articles
  • 6 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand Received Pronunciation's history, consider its future and know why it is a useful common ground today
  • Use forward voice - the place that English people use to produce the majority of their vowel and consonant sounds
  • Create Received Pronunciation sounds, words and sentences by listening and repeating
  • Warm up your voice in a safe and measured way
  • Demonstrate appropriate techniques for breathing in an efficient manner
  • Listen to some examples of different emphasis and think about the meanings
  • Think about intonation in a sentence to give the right impression
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Requirements
  • Please wear comfortable clothes
  • Make sure you have fresh water available at all times
Description

This course is mostly video lectures, so you can pause and rewatch, copying and repeating the sounds as often as you like. This means that you can use this course even if you've never had a voice lesson before! It is aimed at adults with good reading ability of the English language, but who might struggle with pronouncing some of the words they are fully able to read. This can be useful if you're attending an English-speaking workplace or school but struggle to be understood. Throughout the course you will:

  • Learn how to produce RP sounds
  • Practice good breathing and vocal production techniques
  • Find links to word lists to create your own practice materials
  • Experiment with intonation and emphasis in an English manner

I have a clear, friendly English voice. My accent is very slight, you may or may not be able to hear that I grew up in the south of England (Dorset), then moved to Suffolk, then Essex, then Kent, then Suffolk. Generally people find my voice to be quite neutral. You will be able to listen to me explain the sounds and reproduce them easily. The words and sentences are in the resources and you can add to them by following the links. You might have watched other videos and struggled with being able to reproduce the sound yourself, this course will help you to make those sounds yourself. This course is

  • Suitable for complete beginners to work towards changing their accent
  • Great for a refresher if you've previously had voice lessons

So if you are able to read English well, but become easily frustrated when people cannot understand you, try this course to iron out those difficult sounds.


Who is the target audience?
  • Complete beginners, even if you've never had a voice lesson
  • People who have had elocution lessons but need a refresher
  • Anyone who wants to reduce their accent
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Curriculum For This Course
16 Lectures
01:27:52
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Listen to examples of British RP sounds and use materials to practice them.
16 Lectures 01:28:02

Try these contentious words :)

How would you pronounce these words?
1 question

Think about why breathing is so important for vocal exercises. Try some exercises with Pauline then on your own. Practice them regularly to increase capacity and strength. Review with some extra exercises to try alone.

Breathing
09:19

Here we will use those full lungs to warm up the vocal chords without damaging them. Pauline will teach you how to gently and safely warm up your voice before using it. This is really useful for many areas of your life! Pauline will also teach you some strengthening exercises.

Preview 09:01

Review everything we have learned in the preceding lecture.

Review Forward Voice and Vocal Placement
2 questions

The majority of Received Pronunciation is at the front of the mouth. Using forward voice is a skill that can be learned! Use these exercises to bring and keep the voice forward!

Voice placement : Learning to use forward voice
06:15

Pauline will go through long, short, semi and diphthongal vowel sounds in isolation. She'll then put them into words, then sentences, then tongue twisters.

Vowel sounds 1 - The Ahhhh Sound
05:38

The oooh sound in isolation, in words and in sentences for you to listen to and repeat.

Preview 02:48

The or sound in isolation, in words and in sentences.

Vowel sounds 3 - The Or sound
03:17

The diphthongal ay sound in isolation, in words and in sentences.

Vowel Sounds 4 - Diphthong - AY
03:50

The long I in isolation, in words and in sentences.

Vowel sounds 5 - The Long I sound
03:21

A as in cat, in isolation, in words and in sentences. Keep the mouth really open wide for this sound!

Vowel sounds 6 - the Short 'A' sound
03:47

The short 'u' sound in a few words and sentences.

Vowel Sounds 7 - The Short 'u' (or the schwa)
02:45

Here we'll look at plosive and fricative consonants in detail, as they are the most important for RP. We will use them in isolation, in words, sentences and tongue twisters.

Consonants
19:45

In this lecture we'll examine two different sorts of sentence - questions and statements. Using the incorrect intonation can detract from RP, so let's get them right!

Intonation
08:43

Here you will find links to places where you can hear good examples of RP to emulate.

Listen to some good examples of RP
00:42

An article written by Pauline about the future of RP. Is it going to remain relevant? 

The Future of RP
01:56

Here Pauline draws together everything we've learned and points you in the right direction from here onwards.

Conclusion
00:57
About the Instructor
Mrs Pauline Midwinter
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19 Students
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Elocution Tutor

A Drama teacher for 12 years, I moved into private tuition after my children were born. During the day I teach people privately over Skype in Elocution, Accent Reduction, Drama and English. I also prepare people for important events like presentations, interviews and speeches. I've been lucky enough to be featured on radio and TV and learn as much from my students as they do from me.