Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction

    • Meet your instructor

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    • What is the International Phonetic Alphabet?

    • Introducing the vowel sounds

    • Introducing the vowels: quiz

    • Vowel sound chart

    • Short vowel sounds: quiz

    • Long vowel sounds: quiz

    • Introducing the monophthong chart

    • Monophthong & diphthong vowel charts

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  • 2

    Student Correction I: Agata (Polish)

  • 3

    Student Correction II: Tatjana (Russian)

    • Lesson overview & content

    • Introduction

    • Warm up exercise

    • Open vowel practice: /æ/, /ʌ/, /ɑː/

    • Open vowel practice review: /æ/, /ʌ/, /ɑː/

    • Open vowel practice ii: /æ/, /ʌ/, /aɪ/

    • Open vowel practice ii review: /æ/, /ʌ/, /aɪ/

    • Back vowel practice i: /ɑː/, /ɒ/, /ɔː/

    • Back vowel practice i review: /ɑː/, /ɒ/, /ɔː/

    • Comparing vowels: /ɜː/ & /ɑː/

    • Back vowel practice ii: /əʊ/, /ɒ/, /ɔː/

    • Back vowel practice ii review: /əʊ/, /ɒ/, /ɔː/

    • Reading exercise i: Pride and Prejudice

    • Reading exercise i: Pride and Prejudice review

    • Reading exercise ii: Pride and Prejudice

    • Reading exercise ii: Pride and Prejudice review

    • Reading exercise iii: Pride and Prejudice

    • Reading exercise iii: Pride and Prejudice review

    • Tongue twisters

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  • 4

    Student Correction III: Kat (German)

    • Lesson overview & materials

    • Introduction

    • Warm up exercise

    • Stressed & unstressed syllables

    • Consonant warm up exercise

    • Three syllable word exercise

    • Names of places that are difficult to pronounce

    • Names of places that are difficult to pronounce: review

    • Words that are difficult to pronounce

    • Difficult sentence practice

    • Words that are difficult to pronounce: review

    • Difficult sentence practice: review

    • Tongue twisters

    • Tongue twisters: review

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  • 5

    Student Correction IV: Magali (Spanish)

    • Lesson overview & materials

    • Introduction

    • Warm up exercise

    • Stressed & unstressed syllables

    • Sentence practice i

    • Sentence practice i: review

    • Sentence practice ii

    • Sentence practice ii: review

    • Sentence practice iii

    • Sentence practice iii: review

    • Sentence practice iv

    • Sentence practice iv: review

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  • 6

    Student Correction V: Francesco (Italian)

    • Introduction & warm up exercise

    • Stressed & unstressed syllables

    • Consonant warm up exercises

    • Sentence practice i

    • Sentence practice ii

  • 7

    Student Correction VI: Jenna (General American)

    • Introduction & warm up exercise

    • Avoiding flex in the tongue i

    • Avoiding flex in the tongue ii

    • Rhotic vs non-rhotic

    • RP vs General American

  • 8

    Student Correction VII: Kelsea (General American)

    • Introduction

    • Avoiding flex in the tongue i

    • Avoiding flex in the tongue ii

    • RP vs General American i

    • RP vs General American ii

    • Tongue twisters & review

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About this course

The aim of this course is to identify specific problems that students face according to their linguistic background. 

When we create sounds, we position the tongue and shape the lips in a specific way. The speech mechanisms tend to vary across the different languages. 

For this reason, the difficulties that a native Russian speaker encounters will likely be very different from that of a Japanese or Spanish speaker. The Russian language tends to make frequent use of darker /l/ sounds. On the other hand, the dark /l/ will be less familiar to Japanese people. These unique aspects in addition to the student's level of experience should be taken into consideration.

A good instructor should not only have a good understanding of the phonetics of British English but should also be able to compare it to the sounds of other languages & accents. This course was created to address these issues.

Part I of this course provides a review of the tools that will be used in this course. In the subsequent chapters, we will meet the six students: Agata, Tatjana, Kat, Magali, Francesco and Jenna.

Prior to filming, each participant was given training and was required to familiarise themselves with the International Phonetic Alphabet and the monophthong charts.

During filming, participants are given various tasks to identify their weaknesses and seek a remedy. This includes vowel training exercises, sentence practice, and tongue twister exercises. What changes does each student need to make to achieve a more authentic British accent? Sign up and find out!

This course is recommended to those who already have some familiarity with the IPA symbols used in British English pronunciation. If you are new to pronunciation, consider the basic course:  Received Pronunciation: Complete Course.



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Course content

Clear step-by-step progression with video tutorials, listening exercises and lesson PDFs.

  • Over 4 hours of video tutorial content

  • Lesson review PDFs

  • Sentence practice exercises

  • Audio recordings

  • Tongue twisters

Meet the students

Tatjana

Tatjana Anders is a successful actress and writer known for her award-winning short film Your Reality, as well as for acting opposite Emma Thompson in The Children Act. She also runs a loose leaf tea subscription company called teapro.co.uk.

Tatjana was born in Ukraine and moved to Germany with her parents at the age of 10. She considers both Russian and German her mother tongue. She has been living in the UK since 2011 and feels that perfecting her British accent will open up more opportunities for her acting career.


Kat

Kat Weilenmann is a musical theatre performer, trained at Italia Conti Academy of Arts in London. She was born in Switzerland where she learned English, French and Spanish and started working as a private language tutor, teaching her mother tongues German and Swiss.

Kat moved to the UK three years ago to pursue her passion for singing, acting and dance and now aims to perfect her British Accent in order to be more versatile and castable in the performing arts industry.


Magali

Magali Burta is an actress originally from Argentina. She studied at drama school in Argentina and also in New Zealand while living there for several years. 

Magali's struggle with English is that her pronunciation makes it sometimes difficult for people to understand her. She would love to learn Received Pronunciation to be able to get more roles as an actress.


Kelsea

Kelsea is a communications and marketing professional with a background in international development. She has recently begun pursuing acting opportunities as a side project and is currently focusing on her training.

Kelsea is originally from the US and her native accent/language is American English. She has lived in Virginia, Washington, DC, New York, and New Jersey, and has lived in Cambridge, England, since early 2020. She hopes that perfecting her RP accent will afford her many more opportunities in the acting world.



Jenna

Jenna is an American actress from California. She has appeared as an actress in several independent UK and Bollywood movies and recently danced in a music video that has over 20 million views on YouTube. She loves working on period productions and aims to master an RP accent for future speaking roles.




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Student Correction Course: Series I

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Meet Your Instructor

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