Learn to speak with a natural British English accent that is clear and easy to understand.

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This course aims to help students develop natural English pronunciation using accelerated learning techniques and visual aids.

Understanding how your brain functions and how new experiences establish neural links is an essential part to improvement. Once these neural pathways have been formed they must be cultivated and strengthened.

Step 1 

It all starts with the international phonetic alphabet. The English alphabet is not a phonetic script and therefore not an accurate guide for pronunciation. However, the international phonetic alphabet helps us distinguish and identify the different phonemes that exist in the English language. While the English alphabet only has 5 vowels, in fact more than 20 vowel sounds exist. These 20 vowels sounds can be divided into monophthongs, diphthongs and long vowel sounds.

Step 2

Tune your ears. The human brain requires constant practice and reinforcement to adapt to something new. Comparing similar but different sounds within the context of various situations helps the brain establish and reinforce the neural pathways to become better adept at being able to identify the small details that often non native speakers miss. 

For example, the short vowel /ʌ/ and the schwa sound /ə/ can sound very similar, but they are in fact different. Initially students may perceive both sounds to be almost identical. However, constant reinforcement by comparing these two sounds in the context of different syllables and vocabulary will help the brain become accustomed to the subtle differences.

Step 3

Reinforcement in the real world. A pronunciation course and structure can only provide students with the essential tools, knowledge and groundwork. The knowledge gained within the classroom must then be applied in the real world. 

  • Listen to natural spoken English as much as possible.
  • Observe the facial movements and breathing of native English speakers.
  • Try and compare yourself and adapt. Remember, practice makes perfect.

International phonetic alphabet: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Phonetic_Alphabet



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Within the UK, many different accents and dialects exist. Received pronunciation is often referred to as the Queen’s English or BBC English which is estimated to be spoken by approximately 2% of the British population.

Some would argue that RP is outdated but this couldn't be further from the truth. In fact many aspiring British actors learn RP at acting school and it is spoken by many famous and notable people within the UK. Checkout these Pinterest links to get an idea of British people who speak RP in some form or another. For any speaker of RP who might come across as a bit pompous, this could be due to their use of voice inflection and intonation rather than the accent itself. 

Some would also make a distinction between traditional, upper, neutral and modern RP. For example, perhaps the younger members of the royal family such as Prince William could be considered to speak with a more modern RP accent. 

There is no "correct way" to speak English, however received pronunciation would be suitable for non-native English speakers since it is clear and tends to be easily understood by people around the world. Those who need to communicate clearly and effectively such as diplomats, business men, interpreters and scientists would probably benefit from learning RP. 

More information about what Received Pronunciation is can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Received_Pronunciation






This course is catered to those who speak General American English.

Perhaps you are an American expat living in the UK, a diplomat who wishes to blend in with the crowd, or maybe you are an aspiring actor who wishes to master the subtleties of Received Pronunciation. Whatever your goals, this course is for you.

The methods for teaching Received Pronunciation should differ depending on the student's background. Teaching RP to a native English speaker should differ to the methods used for non-native speakers. British English pronunciation and American English pronunciation, while different have many common aspects. The breathing mechanism for both accents is similar, but the use of vowel sounds differs.

In American English, the jaw tends to be more slack, whereas with Received Pronunciation there is more focus on the rounding of the lips. It's really not that difficult for most Americans to put on a British accent, however it can often be too polished, a little old fashioned or the intonation can be a bit too exaggerated. This is fine if you want to develop a command of the British accent for the sole purpose of film and drama, but if you want to blend in with certain circles, you need to be aware of the different forms of RP. There are conservative, traditional and modern forms of RP. We should also be aware of pitch, intonation and voice inflection. 

Unlike acting and drama, everyday conversation should come across as natural and not too over the top. You may even notice this with some Hollywood actors. Their command of the British accent can sometimes be almost too perfect, making it sound a little unnatural. This course focuses on the more natural and modern forms of Received Pronunciation. Students are also free to adapt and adjust their accent according to their purpose.

During this course, students are introduced to the International Phonetic Alphabet and given an overview of the differences in the physical movements. We will identify the key differences between the two accents. Once we have covered the basics, we can practice speaking exercises.    


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