Today we continue with our Accent Reduction series from AXIOM friend Lauren Supraner of CAL Learning (Cultural and Language Training) with a workshop on the proper pronunciation of English consonants and vowels. Lauren has a great 7-part series on accent reduction and pronunciation for non-native speakers in the business world.These half day workshops cover a variety of topics that can improve speaking confidence for the learner and allow companies to develop employees for more and greater communication and leadership roles.
In this session participants will learn how to correctly pronounce English consonants and vowels. Lauren will teach how to retrain your muscle memory in your lips, tongue and jaw to discern the vowels and consonants sounds not found in your native language. Throughout the class participants will start to train their ear to hear the differences between similar sounds such as sit and seat, luck and lock.
Some more learning points:
- The correct pronunciation English vowels and diphthongs.
- The correct articulation of difficult consonants, such as l, r, ch, th, v, w
- Common consonant clusters, not found in many languages
- To use the shwa and reduced vowels in unstressed words.
- To use the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) as a learning tool
Lauren will come to you with all necessary materials for these half day workshops. Each session is one topic that Lauren can really dive into. These classes for up to 15 participants are more intensive that a longer session that might include several accent reduction techniques.
They also function singularly, so you can chose to attend one, a few, or all sessions. You don’t need to take them in order and you will not miss anything if you choose to take only a small subset of workshops.
Please contact us if you have any interest in these workshops. We’re happy to set up a schedule that works for your group.
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