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ESL Pronunciation Course Descriptions

Course Description ESLP

ESLP 41 The Basics of English Pronunciation

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: ESLL 30 with a grade of "C" or better

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: IDENTIFY ALL THE SOUNDS OF ENGLISH WITH OCCASIONAL ERRORS.

ESLP 50 Intermediate-Mid Pronunciation

Units: 4

Hours: 72 hours LEC

Prerequisite: Completion of ESLL 40 with a grade of "C" or better, or the equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO# 1: Differentiate between English and Non-English sounds.

ESLP 51 Building English Fluency and Comprehensibility

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: ESLP 41 with a grade of "C" or better

This course builds on the skills learned in ESLP 41 while adding increased focus on sentence stress, rhythm, and intonation. Students use pronunciation rules to increase their ability to control pronunciation in a variety of situations and to make their speech more comprehensible and engaging.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: IDENTIFY ALL THE SOUNDS OF ENGLISH.

ESLP 310 Intermediate-High Pronunciation

Units: 4

Hours: 54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: ESLP 50 and ESLW 50 with grades of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: independently investigate, discover, and produce the pronunciation of English words, including variations conditioned by adjacent phonological environments.

ESLP 320 Advanced-Low Pronunciation

Units: 4

Hours: 54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: ESLP 310 and ESLW 310 with grades of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Produce lengthy, unrehearsed examples of intelligible connected speech.