The STAR program, an acronym for Stage Technique Accent Reduction. It is a unique fusion of advanced pronunciation systems and stage acting techniques which serve to give students the theory needed to speak naturally, while simultaneously allowing them to practice learned theory in a realistic speaking environment.
This course is divided into two sections. In the first part, students will learn how to create sounds of consonants and vowels which will enable them to use the proper sounds of each letter and words. Along with that, they will do pronunciation and intonation exercises to form life-long habits that will allow them to speak much more naturally and clearly.
In the second part of this course, students will further work on scripts and acting to improve the clarity of English words by adding emotions. This gives students a chance to have fun while becoming more confident in speaking!
This course allows students to learn more in a relatively short amount of time. This is primarily a speaking class and does not involve excessive amounts of reading or writing, outside of general note taking. Students will be expected to practice muscle movement and pronunciation.
Students will also learn idiomatic expressions in an authentic context, become more self-confident, and have a lot of fun in the process!
STAR – Accent teaches the fundamental skills required for clear English speech, using a five point system to focus on all important areas.
Intonation focus follows the “Jump up, Step down” pattern, and teaches students how to raise and lower the pitch of their voice as appropriate to create natural sounding speech.
Rhythm lessons help students understand the importance of speeding up when connecting structural words, while slowing down on important, meaning carrying words.
Pronunciation study and practice makes up much of the actual class time with a primary focus on diphthongs, differentiating ‘short’ vowel sounds, and difficult consonant sounds, such as ‘r’ ‘v’ and ‘th’.
Muscle Training is an essential part of the course, with many English sounds being difficult or impossible to create if students do not focus on how they are using their speaking muscles. Daily review and constant practice help students to quickly learn to use their muscles in these new ways.
Expression brings all of the other four elements together, and combines them with confidence-building, through acting and performance pieces that students participate in throughout the course. Group theatre exercises allow students to apply the theory they learn to expressing emotion while speaking confidently and articulately.
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