Tricky American English Pronunciation
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assignment Level : Introductive
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In this course, you’ll practice the sounds of American English that might sometimes be confusing. You'll practice both consonant and vowel sounds. You’ll also learn about the things that give English its special “music,” such as how to stress the right syllable in a word, how to make your voice go up and down in a natural-sounding melody, and how to naturally connect sounds and words. Learning these things will help you speak more clearly and make sure that others can understand what you're saying. This course is useful for English language learners who want to improve pronunciation of American English for better communication. Note that access to all of the lectures and handouts are free to anyone, but the graded assignments and quizzes are only available in the paid version of the course. You will need to submit recordings of your own pronunciation for graded assignments.

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Syllabus

  • Week 1 - Welcome
    In this course, you will learn about the consonant and vowel sounds of American English and practice some of the difficult sounds. You will also learn about and practice intonation and stress. Practicing these things will help you improve your pronunciation an...
  • Week 1 - Tricky Consonant Sounds
    In this first week, you will practice the consonant sounds of American English. Consonants are the sounds where the air coming up from your lungs meets some obstacles on the way. The first sounds in the words time, sand, and moon are consonants. After a quick ...
  • Week 2 - Tricky Vowel Sounds
    This week, you’ll practice some tricky vowel sounds in American English. Vowels are sounds that come out of your mouth very smoothly, like the first sounds in apple, ocean, and out. Vowel sounds are very important for being understood in English. They’re the “...
  • Week 3 - The Music of American English Pronunciation
    This week, you’ll learn about some things that give English its special rhythm and melody. You’ll learn about syllables—the small chunks of sound that make up the “beats” in words—and word stress—the way some parts of words are emphasized more than others. You...
  • Week 4 - Other Tricky Things
    In this final week of the course, you'll look at a few more tricky points in American English pronunciation. First, you’ll learn about the different ways to pronounce the –s and –ed word endings, which have important grammatical meanings, and you’ll learn when...
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Instructors

Tamy Chapman
Instructor, International Programs
University of California Irvine Division of Continuing Education

Marla Yoshida
Academic Coordinator
International Programs

Brad Gilpin

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This course is nice. I practice my English pronounciation very well. By the way, it can help me understand spoken English easily

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March 4, 2018
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This course is nice. I practice my English pronounciation very well. By the way, it can help me understand spoken English easily

February 5, 2018
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Although I did not upgrade to the paid version, the course has helped me identifying and pronouncing different sounds and clusters. In addition, I learned that recording my voice while speaking in English and shadowing conversations are very useful and effective exercises.

January 14, 2018
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it is very helpful, i usfuled very much for this course and i liked the way to explain. i advice any one to take this course.

November 5, 2017
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If English is not you native language, you can benefit enormously from this course, specially if you have been speaking English for a long time.