Even advanced English Language Learners can be surprised to learn that native speakers find them difficult to understand. Students study the key components of pronunciation such as consonant, vowel sounds and syllable stress and assume that it’s enough However, the overall rhythm of English, beyond individual words, is often overlooked. During this webinar, we will practice strategies of taking needed pauses, emphasizing key words, and using rising and falling intonation to indicate meaning and increase understandability. By using these strategies, you will leave the webinar with powerful tools to improve your next conversation or speech with a native speaker.
- Identify and practice thought groups in American English speech and insert pauses with intonation
- Understand and use basic American English speech rhythm to increase understandability
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Julie Dean is an experienced English language instructor, having worked both overseas and in the US teaching in community college and private school settings. With a Master’s degree in TESOL from Eastern Michigan University (2014), she’s been able to enrich her teaching with experience earned from her former career, twenty years managing the marketing communications of national and international clients. During her free time, Julie enjoys connecting with her family on FaceTime, reading, and watching foreign films.