This course is beneficial for those who wish to learn how to communicate with the sounds and music of American English. The purpose is not to increase vocabulary, nor to improve grammar, but to deal with the sounds of spoken words. A spoken message is of primary importance, but it may not be understood if pronunciation is imprecise, inconsistent, or regional. This course is particularly useful for actors or for others who need to speak to diverse audiences, such as when giving a business presentation.
This course teaches how to articulate sounds and words using the dialect of Standard American English; Listen and think in terms of symbols for sounds, using the International Phonetic Alphabet; Use the International Phonetic Alphabet to transcribe from the Roman alphabet into the forty-four sounds of Standard American Dialect and vice versa; Analyze texts for phrasing, operative words, intonational patterns, degrees of stress; and Achieve a proper use of weak forms for certain parts of speech in the English Language, making speech clear and efficient.
Note: This free course requires registration