Syllabus


Level 1 (Pronunciation) & 2 (Intonation) follow The Sound of English course books.
Level 3 (Phonetics)4 (Accents) are designed based on the learners’ needs.

PRONUNCIATION

Vowels

Class 1V:
Introduction
– IPA Chart
– Spelling to Sound
– Articulators 

Class 2V:
Schwa
– /ə/
– Function Words
– Weak vs Strong
– ‘er’ Endings

Class 3V:
Short Vowels
– /ɪ,ʊ,ɛ,ʌ,ɒ,a/
– Spelling to Sound
– Unusual Spellings
– Northern /ʌ/

Class 4V:
Long Vowels
– /iː,uː,əː,ɔː,ɛː,ɑː/
– Spelling to Sound
– Reduced Vowels
– TRAP/BATH Split

Class 5V:
Diphthong Vowels
– /ɪə, eɪ, aʊ, əʊ, ʌɪ, ɔɪ/
– Spelling to Sound
– Word Construction
– /ʊə/ (new vs old)

Consonants

Class 1C:
Introduction
– IPA Chart
– Articulators
– Voicing

Class 2C:
Fricatives
– /f,v,θ,ð,s,z,ʃ,ʒ,h/
– /θ/ vs /ð/
– Homophones
– S Endings
– TH Fronting

Class 3C:
Plosives & Affricates
– /p,b,t,d,k,g,tʃ,dʒ/
– /t/ vs [ʔ]- ED Endings
 – Silent Letters

Class 4C:
Approximants
– /w,r,j,l/
– Clear vs Dark /l/
– Silent R
– Linking R
Rhoticity

Class 5C:
Nasals & Clusters
– /m,n,ŋ/
– Clusters
– Syllabic Consonants
– G Droppin’

INTONATION

Stress

Class 1S:
Stressing
– What is Stress
– Dictionary Stress
– Words, Syllables, Sentences
– Function & Content

Class 2S:
Sentence Stress
– Tonic Syllable (TS)
– Choosing a TS
– Information
– Function Words

Class 3S:
Tone Units
– Onset
– Head
– Pre-head
– Tail

Class 4S:
Choosing Stress
– What’s Stressed?
– Names
– Negatives
– Compounds

Class 5S:
Shifting Stress
– Abbreviations
– Phrasal Verbs
– -teen Numbers
– Syllable-final Stress

Tone

Class 1T:
Basics
– 4 Patterns
– Pitch Diagrams
– Steps & Bends
– Tone & Meaning

Class 2T:
Tones
– Falling
– Rising
– Fall-rising
– Rise-falling

Class 3T:
Questions
– Wh-
– Yes/No
– Tags I
 – Tags II

Class 4T:
Statements 
– Definitive Fall
– Implication
– Friendly Rise
– High Fall

Class 5T:
Tone Combinations
– Sequences
– Subordinates
– Adverbials
– Lists

PHONETICS

The syllabus for Level 3 is not fixed – it depends on the needs of the learners. The goal of level 3 is a deeper understanding of sounds, their variations, and using the full IPA Chart. Common themes in these classes are:

– Vowel Charts
– Consonant Charts
– Vowel Length
– Minimal Pairs
– Diacritics
– (De)Voicing
– Allophones
– Assimilation
– Elision

ACCENTS

Level 4 has 2 objectives:
1) Practise sounds in close detail,
2) Learn variations of sounds in accents. Often we will cover several topics in one class, examples include:

– Sounds in Accents
– RP vs GB
– London Accents
– Rhoticity
– American vs British
– Northern vs Southern Variations
– Accent Tours
– History of Accents.

Course Options


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Intensive

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FAQ

You can study these levels in weekly groups, intensive 121 or groups, and in a 121 course. All options are on the courses page

You can study levels 1 and 2 at the same time or in any order.

Levels 3 and 4 require knowledge of the sounds and intonation covered in the first 2 levels, so to benefit from these, you need to complete Levels 1 & 2.

If you’ve studied a similar course syllabus elsewhere, you can go straight to the more advanced levels. Feel free to check this when you book.

There are 2 significant benefits to studying regional accents after learning the basics:

  1. Ear training: you’ll be able to understand native speakers from different places more quickly.
  2. Pronunciation skills: playing around with sounds gives learners more flexibility and improves control over articulators.

Most learners don’t learn how to do the full range of English accents, but all learners benefit from trying the sound variations. And it’s a lot of fun!

Yes, if you have a specific accent in mind, we can prepare a course based on this on a 121 basis

All classes are taught by Pronunciation Studio’s IPA certified teaching team Joseph, Tom, David and Zainab. Every member of the team has over 10 years’ classroom experience.

Yes, you can take the course anywhere – just make sure you alter the times to match the local time where you are.