ESL Pronunciation Course Descriptions

Course Description ESLP

The Basics of English Pronunciation
3 Units
Prerequisite: ESLL 30 with a grade of "C" or better
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course introduces the phonetic alphabet and focuses on the identification and production of the sounds of English. Students use basic pronunciation rules to begin to control pronunciation of words and sentences and add expression to their speech.
Intermediate-Mid Pronunciation
4 Units
Prerequisite: Completion of ESLL 40 with a grade of "C" or better, or the equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.
Hours: 72 hours LEC
ESLP 50 is an English pronunciation course at the intermediate-mid level for English language learners. This course is designed to help intermediate English language learners move toward more comprehensible speech. Students will have intensive work on recognizing and producing speech sounds including analysis of the contrasts between the phonemic inventory of the student's home language and the phonemic inventory of "standard" American English. Patterns of English stress, rhythm, and intonation are reviewed and practiced. Emphasis is on neuromuscular development and use of the organs of speech. This course is part of the ESL pronunciation sequence, which is designed to prepare English language learners to take college courses leading to a certificate, degree, and/or transfer.
ESLP 310
Intermediate-High Pronunciation
4 Units
Prerequisite: ESLP 50 and ESLW 50 with grades of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is designed to further enhance intelligible speech in English language learners. In addition to review of the International Phonetic Alphabet and standard American speech sounds, students will receive intensive training in the phonology of English including common contractions, reductions, deletions, and the effects of specific phonetic environments. Participants record speech production exercises and receive personal analysis and suggestions for improvement. Students will be responsible for writing and presenting dialogs, skits, and brief other oral presentations.
ESLP 320
Advanced-Low Pronunciation
4 Units
Prerequisite: ESLP 310 and ESLW 310 with grades of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
In this course, students focus on refining English pronunciation skills with an emphasis on eliminating production errors in spontaneous spoken English. Students will review and expand their understanding of phonological principles. Skill mastery will be demonstrated through lengthy impromptu presentations on prepared or familiar topics.