American English Vowels Pronunciation (Live Online) – May-June 2020
Class dates: May 20 – June 24
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 12:00 noon-1:00pm PST (Seattle Time) / 3:00-4:00pm EST
Location: Online via Zoom
Course cost: $179 on or before May 13, $209 after May 13.
Maximum of 6 students
Have to miss a class? No worries – all sessions are recorded, so if you miss one, you can watch it when it’s convenient for you.
The English vowel system is particularly challenging due to the large number of vowels and a somewhat inconsistent spelling to pronunciation correspondence. Did you know that there are far more than 5 vowel sounds in spoken English? Depending on how you count, there are from 15 to 22 vowel sounds in Standard American English. If English is not your first language, there are likely some vowels you may be saying incorrectly. Mispronouncing English vowels can give you a strong accent, and in some cases, make your speech unintelligible.
In this course, you’ll discover which vowels you need to master to speak more clearly and understandably in English. You’ll learn how to pronounce each vowel sound and how to predict each pronunciation based on spelling. You’ll also learn to correctly pronounce common words with unusual spellings.
Since this is a small group class, there will be plenty of opportunity for correction & feedback on your speech. And because this class in online, no need to worry if you miss a live class. Each live class is recorded, so you can watch at your leisure.
To get the most of this class and make lasting changes to your speech, it is suggested that you practice 30 minutes daily. You will be provided with a list of suggested practice materials. They are optional, and have an additional cost.
Expected class schedule (subject to change):
Class 1: Overview of vowel system, note taking systems (IPA, phonics, etc), top 2 front vowels
Class 2: Bottom 3 front vowels
Class 3: Schwa & Short U, ER
Class 4: Short O & R controlled Vowels
Class 5: Back Vowels
Class 6: Diphthongs
Refund & absence policy: No refunds within 7 days of class start date. Classes are recorded, so if you miss a session, you can watch it later.