S.T.A.R. Accent Reduction Program
Incorrect pronunciation and intonation can often lead to misunderstandings and ineffective communication skills. The STAR Program 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.
Entry Level: Pre-Intermediate
This course is divided into two sections:
STAR – Accent Reduction:
In this class 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 complete pronunciation and intonation exercises to form life-long habits that will allow them to speak much more naturally and clearly. 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.
STAR – Accent Reduction teaches the fundamental skills required for clear English speech, using a five-point system to focus on the most important areas:
- Muscle Training
STAR – Drama:
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. Students will be expected to practice muscle movement and pronunciation, and produce an acting performance at the conclusion of the course.
Upon the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:
- Identify tongue and mouth muscles positions
- Make distinctions between short and long vowel sounds
- Find and use Schwa – Ə
- Note differences in dialects
- Pronounce contractions more accurately
- Have a strong understanding of syllable and word stress
Create and practice natural sounding dialogues