Pronunciation Groups

These groups provide an opportunity for University of Guelph graduate and undergraduate students, post-doctoral students, visiting scholars/researchers, faculty, and staff with English as an additional language to learn and practice important features of English pronunciation in order to improve both listening and speaking skills.

Vowel Sounds

Offered in the fall semester, Pronunciation Group: Vowel Sounds provides an opportunity for participants with English as an additional language (EAL) to practice their English pronunciation for the 16 vowel sounds. There is no prerequisite for participation. Participants will meet twice a week for a total of 8 hours to progress through pronunciation activities for vowels in the textbook Clear Speech by Judy Gilbert.

Participants will be able to use the textbook free of charge within the classroom. However, students who wish to make use of the book outside of the classroom can purchase the book on their own.

There will be no pronunciation classes on Tuesday of the Fall break. 

Registration will be available in August 2019. 

 

Consonant Sounds

Offered in the Fall semester, Pronunciation Group: Consonant Sounds provides an opportunity for participants with English as an additional language (EAL) to practice their English pronunciation for the 24 consonant sounds. There is no prerequisite for participation. Participants will meet twice a week for a total of 12 hours to progress through pronunciation activities for consonants in the textbook Clear Speech by Judy Gilbert.

Participants will be able to use the textbook free of charge within the classroom. However, participants who wish to make use of the book outside of the classroom can purchase the book on their own.

There will be no pronunciation classes on Tuesday of the Fall break.

Registration will be available in August 2019.

 

Words

Offered in the Winter semester, Pronunciation Group: Words provides an opportunity for participants with English as an additional language (EAL) to practice their English pronunciation. There is no prerequisite for participation. Participants will meet twice a week for a total of 10 hours to progress through word-level pronunciation activities in the textbook Clear Speech by Judy Gilbert. Topics include syllables, consonants, vowels and vowel rules, word stress, vowel length and clarity, and word stress patterns.

Participants will be able to use the textbook free of charge within the classroom. However, students who wish to make use of the book outside of the classroom can purchase the book on their own.

Words begins on January 15th, 2019.

Register here for Pronunciation Group: Words.   

Sentences

Offered in the Winter semester, Pronunciation Group: Sentences provides an opportunity for participants with English as an additional language (EAL) to practice their English pronunciation. There is no prerequisite for participation. Participants will meet twice a week for a total of 10 hours to progress through sentence-level pronunciation activities in the textbook Clear Speech by Judy Gilbert. Topics include sentence stress, sentence focus, emphasis of content words, de-emphasis of structure words, and thought groups.

Participants will be able to use the textbook free of charge within the classroom. However, students who wish to make use of the book outside of the classroom can purchase the book on their own.  

Sentences begins on January 31st, 2019.

Register here for Pronunciation Group: Sentences.

Dialogues and Expressions

Offered in the Summer semester, Pronunciation Group: Dialogues & Expressions provides an opportunity for participants with English as an additional language (EAL) to practice their English pronunciation and speaking skills for everyday situations. There is no prerequisite for participation. Discussion of context-specific vocabulary and idioms will allow students to create dialogues which will then be reviewed as a group for appropriate language, expressions, pronunciation and sentence stress. Students will then practice the dialogues in class and have access to them at home for further practice.

Registration will be available in April 2019.

 

Participants interested in speaking skills for academic scenarios may also want to register for the Talk like an Academic program, offered in the Winter semester.