An Introduction to English Pronunciation
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An Introduction to English Pronunciation

Learn how to improve your English accent and learn about English pronunciation.
4.6 (119 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,887 students enrolled
Created by Justin Noppe
Last updated 5/2013
English
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Includes:
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 9 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • KNOW - by the end of this course, you will have a better knowledge of English pronunciation
  • STUDY - by the end of this course, you will have a better understanding of how to study and how to improve your spoken English
  • ACCENT - by the end of this course, you will have practised all the necessary parts needed to help improve your accent
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Requirements
  • Access to the internet
Description

First impressions are important. Your speaking is the first thing that people notice when they meet you. It is so important that you sound good and speak well. The first part of this is your pronunciation. Even the best words can sound bad because of a bad accent.

This course will teach you from the smallest parts of pronunciation to the biggest parts and help you train your accent each step of the way. 

This course will take you over 3 hours to complete but remember that an accent takes time and training to change, so it is suggested that you do only one section per week and train every day. The recommended time is approximately 13 weeks to complete the course.

This course is for anyone who wants to understand how English pronunciation works and change their accent.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to learn more about English pronunciation and learn how to improve their English accent
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Curriculum For This Course
38 Lectures
03:08:49
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Course Introduction and Plan
3 Lectures 14:07
Intro 1
1 page

This lecture tells everyone who the instructor is, what the course plan is, and a few other extra parts like the goals of the course as well as special icons to pay attention to.
Preview 07:48

This lecture goes over how to study, how to do the homework, small things to be careful of, and then finally the chance to 'bookmark' your pronunciation.
Course Plan
06:19
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Phonemes
12 Lectures 01:08:36

This lecture introduces the idea of phonemes. In this lecture, the instructor explains how the sounds of English are organised and how many of them there are. 
Preview 03:35

This lecture introduces the three primary vowel sounds and how to move between them.
Preview 05:05

This lecture explains the first four of the monophthongs and gives examples which demonstrate these sounds in different locations in various words.
Preview 06:53

This lecture explains the second four of the monophthongs and gives examples which demonstrate these sounds in different locations in various words.
Preview 07:45

This lecture explains the last four of the monophthongs and gives examples which demonstrate these sounds in different locations in various words.
Preview 05:20

This lecture revises the single vowel sounds and extends on the idea of how to practice them in a different way. It also explains what you need to be careful of.
Preview 03:51

This lecture explains the diphthongs and gives examples which demonstrate these sounds in different locations in various words.
Preview 07:26

This lecture describes the consonant phoneme sounds and where they are located in the mouth
Consonant Sounds and Positions of the Mouth
02:51

This lecture explains the first line of the consonant sounds (the plosives) and gives examples which demonstrate these sounds in different locations in various words.
Consonant Sounds - 1
08:41

This lecture explains the second line of the consonant sounds (the fricatives) and gives examples which demonstrate these sounds in different locations in various words.
Consonant Sounds - 2
09:08

This lecture explains the third line of the consonant sounds (the extras) and gives examples which demonstrate these sounds in different locations in various words.
Consonant Sounds - 3
08:01
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Words
4 Lectures 14:28
Intro 3
1 page

This lecture introduces the idea of word pronunciation and details the idea of word stress (one syllable is more important the the others)
Word Stress
04:27

This lecture introduces the idea of intonation, many tones you can use to pronounce the same word depending on the situation. This is where the course starts to get flexible depending on intended meaning
Word Intonation
05:53

This lecture describes weak forms, but focusses on weak forms in words. This normally means an unstressed vowel sound, but there is a lot to talk about.
Weak Forms
04:08

Look at the word stress and ask yourself if it's the same?

(Click on the words to see the video for the answer.)

Do these words have the same stress?
10 questions
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Connected Speech (Linking sounds)
2 Lectures 10:01
Intro 4
1 page

This lecture explains the idea that, when we have two words together, the sounds between the change. We look at a few rules and a few examples of this too.
Connected Speech
10:01

Can you tell if these groups have connected speech?

(click on the phrases to see the videos)

Do these groups of words have linking sounds?
10 questions
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Sentences
3 Lectures 11:49
Intro 5
1 page

Just as with word pronunciation, with sentences we have stress and intonation. This lecture describes the highly flexible nature of sentence stress, depending on the intended meaning and focus. This lecture also expands the idea of intonation to incorporate sentences.
Sentence Stress and Intonation
08:31

Just as with words, weak forms occur in sentences. This lecture describes the idea that not all pronunciation in a sentence is equal and therefore so words are stressed and some are unstressed.
Weak Forms
03:18

Which words sound stronger than the others?

(Click on the words for a video)

Which words have the sentence stress?
10 questions
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Tongue Twisters
10 Lectures 47:27
Intro 6
1 page

This lecture attempts to describe a few of the major differences between the general American and general British accent. These are structured according to vowels, consonants, word stress and then a few exceptions. DISCLAIMER: there are so many accents in both the USA and the UK, this lecture is research and experienced based. Though you may have a different experience, you must just be aware that for any accent you can train the sounds that are different. This lecture highlights that.
American or British English
10:43

This lecture is a little bit of fun to help train your pronunciation. Tongue twisters are an opportunity to practice an artificial sentence and highlight one or two individual sounds.
Tongue Twisters
04:59

Examples of Different Accents
1 page

This is an example of an accent. British or American, you must listen and see if you can hear the sounds they are using.
Example 1
03:51

This is an example of an accent. British or American, you must listen and see if you can hear the sounds they are using.
Example 2
07:00

This is an example of an accent. British or American, you must listen and see if you can hear the sounds they are using.
Example 3
06:37

This is an example of an accent. British or American, you must listen and see if you can hear the sounds they are using.
Example 4
05:42

This is an example of an accent. British or American, you must listen and see if you can hear the sounds they are using.
Example 5
04:16

This is an example of an accent. British or American, you must listen and see if you can hear the sounds they are using.
Example 6
04:19
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Overview and Final ideas
4 Lectures 13:21
Intro 7
1 page

In this lecture we revise the whole course and look back at just how much we have done! (quite a lot!).
Course Overview
07:08

In this lecture (the final lecture), we want to make a 'bookmark' again of your pronunciation so that we can see and hear the difference. This lecture also describes how to continue learning now that you are finished.
Extending Practice
06:13

Extra's (Resource sheet)
1 page
About the Instructor
Justin Noppe
4.7 Average rating
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2,300 Students
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Senior English Language Teacher and Teacher Trainer

Justin is a well-experienced TEFL teacher who has a great amount of knowledge. He helps learners to become fluent. He prefers teaching upper intermediate learners who feel stuck and need help getting their English to higher levels.

Justin focuses on the skill of speaking and helping learners change their brain to speak automatically, without needing to think.

Having worked in Indonesia, France, Argentina, and Thailand, Justin has experience with many languages, cultures and different types of students. Living and teaching in London is where Justin feels at home and he teaches learners from all different countries who want more from their English.