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Approx. 22 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English

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Beginner Level

Approx. 22 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

4 minutes to complete

Welcome

4 minutes to complete
1 video (Total 2 min), 1 reading
1 video
1 reading
Optional Pronunciation Journal2m
6 hours to complete

Introduction to Vowels

6 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 39 min), 9 readings, 5 quizzes
8 videos
Vowels Pretest Review5m
Vowel Overview3m
Vowel Overview Practice Activity4m
Rounded and Unrounded Vowels8m
Rounded and Unrounded Vowels Practice Activity5m
Pronunciation Tips6m
Shadowing a Conversation4m
9 readings
Vowels Pretest Directions2m
Vowels Supplemental Materials1m
Vowel Overview Directions1m
Vowel Overview Practice Activity Directions1m
Rounded and Unrounded Vowels Directions1m
Rounded and Unrounded Vowels Practice Activity Directions1m
Pronunciation Tips1m
Shadowing a Conversation Directions1m
Shadowing a Conversation Assignment1h
4 practice exercises
Vowels Pretest24m
Vowel Overview Practice Quiz20m
Rounded and Unrounded Practice Quiz20m
Week 1 Graded Quiz40m
Week
2

Week 2

6 hours to complete

Vowels Part 1

6 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 46 min), 9 readings, 5 quizzes
9 videos
Front Vowels7m
Front Vowels Practice Activity6m
Tense and Lax Vowels6m
Tense and Lax Vowels Practice Activity4m
Confusing Vowel Pairs 16m
Confusing Vowel Pairs 1 Practice Activity3m
Pronunciation Tips5m
Shadowing a Conversation3m
9 readings
Front Vowels Directions1m
Front Vowels Practice Activity Directions1m
Tense and Lax Vowels Directions1m
Tense and Lax Vowels Practice Activity Directions1m
Confusing Vowel Pairs 1 Directions1m
Confusing Vowel Pairs 1 Practice Activity Directions1m
Pronunciation Tips1m
Shadowing a Conversation Directions1m
Shadowing a Conversation Assignment1h
4 practice exercises
Front Vowels Practice Quiz20m
Tense and Lax Practice Quiz20m
Confusing Vowel Pairs 1 Practice Quiz20m
Week 2 Graded Quiz40m
Week
3

Week 3

6 hours to complete

Vowels Part 2

6 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 50 min), 9 readings, 5 quizzes
10 videos
Central Vowels3m
Back Vowels6m
Central and Back Vowels Practice Activity6m
Diphthongs5m
Diphthongs Practice Activity6m
Confusing Vowel Pairs 26m
Confusing Vowel Pairs 2 Practice Activity4m
Pronunciation Tips5m
Shadowing a Conversation3m
9 readings
Central and Back Vowels Directions1m
Central and Back Vowels Practice Activity Directions1m
Diphthongs Directions1m
Diphthongs Practice Activity Directions1m
Confusing Vowel Pairs 2 Directions1m
Confusing Vowel Pairs 2 Practice Activity Directions1m
Pronunciation Tips1m
Shadowing a Conversation Directions1m
Shadowing a Conversation Assignment1h
4 practice exercises
Central and Back Vowels Practice Quiz20m
Diphthongs Practice Quiz20m
Confusing Vowel Pairs 2 Practice Quiz20m
Week 3 Graded Quiz40m
Week
4

Week 4

6 hours to complete

Vowel Challenges

6 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 50 min), 9 readings, 5 quizzes
9 videos
Unstressed Vowels6m
Unstressed Vowels Practice Activity5m
R-Controlled7m
R-Controlled Practice Activity5m
Vowel Spelling Challenges7m
Vowel Spelling Challenges Practice Activity6m
Pronunciation Tips5m
Shadowing a Conversation3m
9 readings
Unstressed Vowels Directions1m
Unstressed Vowels Practice Activity Directions1m
R-Controlled Directions1m
R-Controlled Practice Activity Directions1m
Vowel Spelling Challenges Directions1m
Vowel Spelling Challenges Practice Activity Directions1m
Pronunciation Tips1m
Shadowing a Conversation Directions1m
Shadowing a Conversation Assignment1h
4 practice exercises
Unstressed Vowels Practice Quiz20m
R-Controlled Practice Quiz20m
Vowel Spelling Challenges Practice Quiz20m
Week 4 Graded Quiz40m

About the The Pronunciation of American English Specialization

This specialization is intended for anyone who wants to achieve clearer, more understandable pronunciation of American English to help them communicate more easily and effectively. Through these four courses, you will learn about and practice consonant and vowel sounds, along with aspects of the “music” of English, including word stress, intonation, and connected speech. Clearer pronunciation leads to success in business, education, or any field where English is required....
The Pronunciation of American English

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