ESP818 - Accent Reduction - Advanced

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Last review date 2018-11-07 14:50:51.045

Subject Title
Accent Reduction - Advanced

Subject Description
This advanced level Accent Reduction course is designed for students who are near fluent in English but wish to acquire a more standardized North American speech pattern.  The second level of Accent Reduction emphasizes the development of sound production, rhythm, stree and intonation patterns in "real life" communicative contexts.

Credit Status

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

     1.  determine personal pronunciation priorities
     2.  apply knowledge of vowel, consonant and word stress in speech
     3. implement appropriate stress rhythm and intonation to improve intelligibility
     4.  incorporate concepts learned for further improvement

Cheating and Plagiarism
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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Topic Outline
1.  Dictionary skills
2.  Review of sounds (voice/voiceless)
3.  Syllables and stress in words
4.  Word stress in sentences (content/function)
5.  Sentence rhythym
6.  Thought groups (pausing/chunking)
7.  Focus words
8.  Intonation

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 B Gilbert (Author) 
Cambridge University Press (Publisher) 
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 Evaluations 50%

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood