ESP808 - Accent Reduction - Intermediate

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Last review date 2018-11-07 14:50:51.531

Subject Title
Accent Reduction - Intermediate

Subject Description
This intermediate level Accent Reduction course is designed for students who have difficulty communicating clearly and effectively in spoken English.  Students will learn strategies for accent reduction through the identification of specific pronunciation problems. In this level, students learn correct pronunciation of English vowel and consonant sounds, word stress, and spelling patterns through the use of an English dictionary.

Credit Status

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. identify individual needs for clearer speech
  2. use a dictionary as a pronunciation resource
  3. improve speech by producing clear English vowel and consonant sounds as well as using common stress patterns in words
  4. communicate clearly using strategies learned

Cheating and Plagiarism
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Topic Outline
Pronunciation profile
Dictionary use
Grammatical endings (s/es/ed) 
Syllable/word stress

Mode of Instruction

Conversational grammar structures are presented in context.  Through controlled activities and communicative practice, students will progress towards a more accurate production of spoken English.

The following methods may be used by the instructor:

  •         conversations/dialogues
  •         individual or group oral presentations
  •         comprehension activities
  •         individual/pair/group work
  •         question and answer techniques
  •         multimedia

Prescribed Texts
Clear Speech 4th Edition
Judy Gilbert (Author)
Cambridge University Press
ISBN 9781107682955

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Voicemail Exercise 15%
Presentations 35%
Formative Evaluationss 50%

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood