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COM 39 B — Accent Reduction for Non-Native Speakers of English

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Oct 19—Nov 16
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Nov 1
Unit: 1
Tuition: $355
Instructor(s): Neil Jacobs
Limit: 27
Status: Closed
On-campus course
7:00—8:50 pm
Oct 19—Nov 16
5 weeks
Drop By
Nov 1
1 Unit
Neil Jacobs
The ability to communicate ideas effectively continually ranks at the top of the list of skills needed by business people, engineers, and other professionals. This series of advanced English courses gives non-native speakers the opportunity to identify and practice the essential speaking and writing skills needed in professional settings.

This course is designed for individuals who are already proficient in English, but who would benefit from the reduction of their foreign accent. It provides an approach to accent reduction that is systematic yet not overly technical. The course combines theory and practice. Key concepts are introduced and then applied to language-specific pronunciation issues, followed by practical exercises and feedback. Special emphasis is placed on practical exercises that will lead students to rapid and noticeable improvement in the classroom and will also serve as a guide for continued improvement after the course is over. Topics covered include a quick, basic, and useful introduction to where and how speech sounds are produced; individual sounds of American English in isolation, with close attention to typically problematic consonants and vowels; difficult combinations of sounds; word stress; intonation; and pronunciation differences between formal and casual speech.

Please note: Section A and Section B of “Accent Reduction for Non-Native Speakers of English” cover the same content.

Neil Jacobs, Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Emeritus, Ohio State

Neil Jacobs has taught courses and workshops on phonetics, phonology, and accent reduction, and has also studied and taught several languages. He received a PhD from Columbia.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.