English is spoken almost everywhere today. More Asians are speaking English than ever before. Here in Singapore, it is the lingua franca. Many people want to speak with good diction, if only they know how. Then, they can speak with confidence at work or in school. They can read well to their young children. They can take pride in the way they speak. This course is useful as a source of reference and a learning aid for good diction. Through this course, learners can master the four steps to good diction.
In Step 1 the Pronunciation, learners are introduced to phonetic symbols. They get to practise reading phonetic symbols, only 44 of them: 24 consonants and 20 vowels. In Step 2 the Stress, learners learn how to stress words. In Step 3 the Link, learners learn the three ways to link words: consonant to vowel, consonant to consonant, and vowel to vowel. In Step 4 the Rhythm, learners combine the first three steps and go on to master the art of eloquent speech by emphasising key words in a sentence and using the pause effectively.
It takes about 90 minutes to complete the entire course in one sitting. The course is divided into four sections, based on the four steps of good diction. Each section has a different number of lectures ranging from two to three. Each section comes with a summary for learners to refresh their recently acquired knowledge.
Finally, no matter where you are from, no matter what your accent is, you will need these four steps for good diction. Don't miss this course. It will transform forever the way you speak English.
Students will be able to identify the 8 voiceless and 16 voiced consonants, along with the 7 short vowels, 5 long vowels and 8 diphthongs.
Students will become familiar with the three rules for stress.
Students will be able to identify the different patterns concerning stress.
Students will learn the three ways to link words, starting with consonant to vowel in this lecture.
Students will learn more about the second way to link words, namely consonant to consonant.
Students will learn the final way to link words, that is vowel to vowel.
This lecture introduces students to the three rules of Rhythm.
This lecture demonstrates the combination of the all the four steps for good diction.
This lecture gives a detailed explanation of the demonstration of the four steps of good diction.
I am Roland Yuen from Singapore. I have taught English since 2002. That year, I studied TESOL and became a certified English teacher. I attended Anglo-Chinese School and Gan Eng Seng School. In university, I majored in finance, earning a Bachelor of Science degree(First Class Honours) and a Master of Science degree, both in Finance, from University College Dublin - National University of Ireland in Dublin, Ireland.