Accent Reduction for Non-Native Speakers of English

Stanford Continuing Studies

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  • 5 weeks
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Stanford Continuing Studies

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About the course

This course is designed for individuals who are already proficient in English, but who would benefit from the reduction of their foreign accent. It will provide an approach to accent reduction that is systematic yet not overly technical. The course will combine theory and practice. Key concepts will be introduced and then applied to language-specific pronunciation issues, followed by practical exercises and feedback. Special emphasis will be placed on practical exercises that will lead students to rapid and noticeable improvement in class and will also serve as a guide for continued improvement after the course is over. Topics covered will include a quick, basic, and useful introduction to where and how speech sounds are produced; individual sounds of American English in isolation, with close attention to typically problematic consonants and vowels; difficult combinations of sounds; word stress; intonation; and pronunciation differences between formal and casual speech.

Experts

Neil Jacobs

Areas of Expertise Yiddish phonology & morphology history of the Yiddish language Yiddish linguistic geography Neil G. Jacobs, PhD (Columbia University, 1984) Research interests: Yiddish phonology and morphology; history of the Yiddish language; Yiddish linguistic geography; general histo...

Accent Reduction for Non-Native Speakers of English at Stanford Continuing Studies

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