This is a course for high intermediate advanced students of English. The course is given entirely in American English. The focus is on speaking with correct stress, intonation and"melody" in American English. The section focuses on stress and the many ways it is used. Skills are are explicitly taught by example. In the second section, the concentration changes to speaking phrases and sentences. Most of the lectures are provided in video. The last few lectures are given as a narrated PowerPoint. This is to provide practice listening.
Students who take this course will improve dramatically in their American English speaking skills.
Learn the basic rules for placing stress on two-syllable words.
This lecture explains about stressing words in sentences and how it affects meaning.
Learn the small differences in pronouncing "can" and "can't" and how they relate to the schwa sound.
This lesson teaches students how to reduce the words "or" "for", "at" "are" etc. in unstressed situations.
More practice and lecture on the nuances of stress.
This lesson explains how pronouns often change the way they sound in natural speech. The pronoun "you" and how it is spoken is also emphasized.
This lecture explains the two kinds of compound nouns heard in speech and how to place stress.
This class sessions teaches the rules for pronouncing words with the suffix -ion.
This exercise contains six sentences which combine several stress skills.
This lecture teaches exact intonation to express contrast in both a question and statement form.
This lecture explains and provides practice for the two types of tag questions in American English.
This lecture explains and practices two kinds of intonation experienced in longer sentences.
There are two sounds which are used like words. In this lecture, both are taught. Students learn details about the pronunciations.
This is a quick lesson about the "teen" and 'tee" numbers and how to pronounce them.
This is a 6 question quiz on the "rules" of stress. Exceptions to the rules are not important for this quiz.
This document contains the main ideas taught and practiced in this course.
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