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English pronunciation modules

Are you full of ambition to contribute to the world by achieving your (scientific) goals, but are your less than perfect English speaking skills holding you back? Do you want to brush up on your pronunciation quickly? Then the English pronunciation modules are just the thing for you!

Target group

This course is for all WUR BSc/MSc students, employees and prospective and current WUR PhD candidates who have a B2 level of English. External participants are welcome.

Contents

These modules will allow you to improve your English speaking skills in an effective way. Using a methodical and practical approach, we will help you train your pronunciation, communication and fluency skills in class and build your confidence outside the classroom.

Modules

1. Sounding English - sound level (awareness and control)  

In this module we work on improving your overall fluency in English. The module includes topics such as:

  • Exploring the mouth - tongue, lips, jaw, mouth cave.
  • Exploring the sound system of English - single, double & reduced vowels.
  • Exploring the sound system of English - consonants.
  • Activating the English articulatory settings (mouth, breath & abdominal muscles)
  • Reducing stress & boosting your confidence

2. Sounding English - word level

In this module we work on getting your message across in English. The module includes topics such as:

  • Identifying accented, full & unaccented and reduced syllables.
  • Classifying accented, fulle & unaccented and reduced syllables.
  • Pronouncing difficult words
  • Pronouncing word combinations
  • Reducing stress & boosting your confidence

3. Sounding English - sentence level

In this module we work on fully expressing yourself in English. The module includes topics such as:

  • Mastering connected speech by linking & blending sounds.
  • Speaking in chunks (meaningful groups of words).
  • Highlighting sentence stress (prominence) & natural intonation.
  • Controlling your speed and including your listener.
  • Reducing stress & boosting your confidence

4. Presenting academic content

In this module we work on presenting academic content (i.e. elevator pitch, lecture, presenting research results) by fully integrating sound, word and sentence level. The module includes topics such as:

  • Mastering comfortable intelligibility: you speak easily - your audience can follow you.
  • Articulating technical terms clearly and convincingly.
  • Discussing PowerPoint slides accurately and fluently.
  • Producing natural stress and intonation to really get your message across.
  • Reducing stress & boosting your confidence

    Planning

    This course are offered several times a year and require a minimum of four and a maximum of eight participants to go ahead. The next course will start in February.

    Startdate Enddate Day Time
    21 February 21 March Thursday 10:10 - 12:40 hrs

    Course materials

    Participants will have access to Blackboard, where they can find the materials they need.

    Certification

    Participants must fully engage in the module to receive a certificate.

    Entry requirements

    New course participants are obliged to take the free Oxford Online Placement Test (OOPT) to ensure that they are placed in the right course. All aforementioned workshops require an OOPT score of 60.

    Please note: your registration cannot be confirmed without a placement test result. Arrange an OOPT appointment through our online calendar.

    If you cannot attend your appointment, please call us at +31 (0) 317 48 25 52 or email us at into@wur.nl.

    Fees

      • Regular fee: € 470
      • WUR: € 415

      We only accept payment by debit or credit card.