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I’m Director of UCL’s famous annual Summer Course in English Phonetics. This August, like last year, we ran a five-day virtual course, with lectures covering English consonants, vowels and intonation, plus daily ear training and practical classes with experienced tutors to work on articulation. It was another great success, with participants in 22 countries across Europe, Africa, Asia and both North and South America.
“It is a book I wish I had written myself – but I don’t think I would have been able to make such a good job of it”
– from the Foreword by J.C. Wells
Pronunciation Articles with Audio
Whether you want to learn a different English accent from your own, or work towards a native command of English – Geoff is brilliant. His knowledge is immense and his lessons are detailed and practical. Geoff is always positive, kind and warm and will make you feel like you can achieve all you’ve set out to do.
A big thank you for the lessons, which have been amazing. What I’ve valued the most is your incredible knowledge and capacity to teach in such an effective and entertaining way.
- Speech is fast, complex, and largely automatic. We can do it because we spent years ‘wiring’ our mother tongue into our minds and bodies. Other accents and languages don’t have this advantage.
- Foreign languages are taught primarily in their written form, and pronunciation teaching is often minimal.
- Typically, learners pronounce foreign words with the wired-in habits of the mother tongue.
- If (like many actors) you enjoy copying accents, you may only need help with accuracy and consistency. But most people find it hard to change habits.
- You need to care about distinctions that don’t matter in your mother tongue.
- Your articulators may have to go outside their comfort zone. The right sound may feel wrong.
- Often it’s the most familiar words that need the most work!
- In class, we go through differences between your current habits and your target accent.
- We develop your ability to notice your old habits while speaking, inside and outside class.
- When possible, you correct the mistakes that you notice, on the spot.
- You begin to anticipate and to ‘correct’ issues before they happen.
- New habits are established. More