COM 39 — Accent Reduction for Non-Native Speakers of English
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Sep 22—Oct 20
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Drop Deadline: Sep 24
Instructor(s): Neil Jacobs
This course is designed for individuals who are already proficient in English, but who would benefit from the reduction of their foreign accent. It will provide an approach to accent reduction that is systematic yet not overly technical. The course will combine theory and practice. Key concepts will be introduced and then applied to language-specific pronunciation issues, followed by practical exercises and feedback. Special emphasis will be 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 will 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.
Neil Jacobs, Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Emeritus, Ohio StateNeil 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.