Pronunciation Groups

These groups provide an opportunity for University of Guelph graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral fellows, visiting scholars, 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.

Sounds

Offered in the Fall semester, Pronunciation Group: Sounds provides an opportunity for participants with English as an additional language (EAL) to practice their English pronunciation for the 16 vowel sounds and 24 consonant sounds. There is no prerequisite for participation. Participants will meet weekly for 10 weeks to progress through pronunciation activities for vowels and consonants in the textbook Clear Speech by Judy Gilbert.

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

Registration for Pronunciation Group: Sounds will be available in August each year. Visit the Library Events Calendar to register. 

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 weekly for 5 weeks 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, those who wish to make use of the book outside of the classroom can purchase the book on their own.

Registration for Pronunciation Group: Words will be available in December each year. Visit the Library Events Calendar to register.

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 weekly for 5 weeks 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, those who wish to make use of the book outside of the classroom can purchase the book on their own.  

Registration for Pronunciation Group: Sentences will be available in December each year. Visit the Library Events Calendar to register.

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 participants to create dialogues which will then be reviewed as a group for appropriate language, expressions, pronunciation and sentence stress. Participants will then practice the dialogues in class and have access to them at home for further practice.

Registration for Pronunciation Groups: Dialogues & Expressions will be available in April each year. Visit the Library Events Calendar to register.

 

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.