Are you a smart and highly motivated speaker of English as a Second Language (ESL)? Have you studied English in an academic environment, possibly at an advanced level? Do you have limited speaking experience in conversationalEnglish? Have you struggled with pronunciation and understanding in English for years? Then the VocalEase course on Pronouncing American English (PAE) is perfect for you.
VocalEase offers a small class (12 students) with a trainer for every four students in which you can learn to speak English so that you will be much more easily understood. Two of the trainers are Speech Pathologists who have been doing this work for over 20 years; the third person is trained as a pronunciation specialist.
This class has been ongoing at UC Berkeley for nine years with robust positive feedback from every class. It is designed for intelligent and highly motivated speakers of English as a Second Language (ESL) and is open to academics and their partners.
UC Berkeley postdocs, visiting scholars, visiting student researchers, and their spouses/partners are eligible to enroll.
VocalEase's professional trainers will help you:
Gain confidence in English
Be understood more easily
Develop techniques for continued learning
TWO CLASS OPTIONS
Mondays, 5-7 pm, July 11 - September 12, 2016 (no class 9/5)UCBSm16M
Thursdays, 5-7 pm, July 14 -September 8, 2016UCBSm16TH
Registration is limited to 12 for each class
Dwinelle Hall, RM B4, UC Berkeley Campus
$447 (the fee includes 18 hours of training, textbook and an online assessment)
If you are interested in taking this class, please complete the registration form by going to this link:
Use your tongue, lips, jaw, and facial muscles in new ways to speak sounds that elude you
Pronounce challenging words and specialized vocabulary
Practice social customs for effective communication
Engage in conversation in person, on the phone, and in social and academic settings
Individual assessment to Identify personal challenges
18 hours of class time
Detailed course textbook written by Sherrin Loyd
One trainer for every four clients (4:1, student to trainer ratio)
Free access to VocalEase support for three months after the course ends
Homework assignments that will make practicing easy
A Certificate of Completion
VocalEase is a small business with 16 years of experience training individuals and groups in Pronunciation of American English. We work in corporate and university settings, including UC Berkeley, California College of the Arts, UC San Francisco, and CSU East Bay. Founder Sherrin Loyd, M.S., is a Speech Pathologist and an Executive Speech and Voice Coach, with more than 20 years of experience. Our professional speech trainers have an exceptional “ear,” or ability to hear, analyze, and address the sound patterns and differences among international and native speakers. We specialize in teaching pronunciation skills to intelligent people from around the world.
WEEKLY CLASS SCHEDULE (subject to change):
Week One: Introduction of four important strategies for speaking clearly; identify the sounds that are difficult for you to pronounce; identify where speech breakdowns occur; introduction to pitch/ intonation in American English(the music of English); and, start your personal vocabulary list of difficult words that you use in your daily work or social life.
Week Two: Learn to say four vowel sounds; observe how your tongue, lips and jaw move differently in your first language when compared to American English; practice using pitch in American English; focus on syllables; use sounds learned the previous week; learn four new consonant sounds; learn mouth exercises that let you experience the possibilities of moving your mouth in new ways. Make an outline for a 2-minute presentation for the next class. Practice personal vocabulary words.
Week Three: Review assessment results; learn three new sounds and use them in sentences; practice learned sounds and strategies; identify voiced and voiceless consonants; explore rate and rhythm review and practice personal vocabulary words; engage in conversation. You will give a two-minute presentation, which will be videotaped and feedback will be given.
Week Four: Introduction to facial expression and body language; practice power poses; learn about voicing at the ends of words; practice learned sounds in sentences/paragraphs; practice consonants; review and practice personal vocabulary words; and engage in conversation.
Week Five: Give a 2-3-minute teaching presentation. Learn self-correction tool. Introduce ways of connecting words together (linking). Continue with pitch and articulation; demonstrate self-correction skills; practice using pauses in conversation.
Week Six: Continue adding new sounds and new vocabulary; practice in conversations; practice posture, voice production and breath support; learn techniques to improve telephone communication; review and practice personal vocabulary words; practice conversation.
Week Seven: Learn to use stress in multi-syllabic words; past tense and plurals; intonation with questions; review and practice personal vocabulary words; and engage in conversation.
Week Eight: Final presentation (3-5 minutes) demonstrating what you have learned (videotaped with feedback) and conversation; self-assessment practice.
Week Nine: Review the progress you have made; review of presentations; receive your certificate of completion; discuss “small-talk” and how to participate in it; practice using your home program for continued learning; evaluation of class.