Pronunciation of American English

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Course Description

This course is designed for non-native English speakers who wish to learn how to communicate more clearly and effectively in an American English-speaking environment.  Participants will improve their ability to speak clearly and effectively in English, while addressing some aspects of accent reduction and building their self-confidence.

The program features:

  • Knowledgeable, experienced instructors with advanced degrees
  • Pair and group exercises and practice

Course Details

Who Should Attend:  Non-native English speakers who need to improve the clarity and effectiveness of their verbal communication for professional, academic, or personal reasons.

Course Format:  Instruction is delivered in the classroom format at the English Language Academy (ELA), on the campus.

Curriculum:  Pronunication of American English is a 10-week course, offered in Fall, Spring and Summer semesters, and includes 3 hours per week of classroom instruction.

Description:  The Pronunciation of American English course allows non-native English speakers to improve their communication skills in an American English-speaking environment.

Instructors:  Qualified and experienced ESL instructors offer a stimulating and participative learning environment.

Program Requirements:  An intermediate or advanced level of English is required.

Additional Information:  This 10-week course meets for 1.5 hours twice a week (Tuesday and Thursday evenings).


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Terri Anderson
Tel: (619) 260-4234
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Accreditation and Memberships

USD's English Language Academy is a member of English USA (formerly the American Association of Intensive English Progams), and NAFSA (the Association of International Educators).  

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What You Will Learn

  • Recognize and distinguish English phonemes and corresponding IPA symbols
  • Learn about syllables, syllable stress, and common stress patterns
  • Differentiate between voiced and voiceless sounds
  • Learn about the importance of linking and intonation patterns
  • Learn how to create thought groups and consonant clusters
  • Improve self-confidence


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