Advanced Pronunciation

Advanced Pronunciation for Post Doctoral Fellows

This course is designed for faculty and postdoctoral fellows who are eligible for the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)* and provides direct instruction in pronunciation to improve communication with native English speakers. The class will focus on identifying and correcting accented speech sounds and other features of spoken language which contribute to misunderstood communication. Participants will be recorded to track improved pronunciation. Class presentations will also be assigned to assess students' progress throughout the semester.

*To determine if you are TAP eligible, please contact the benefits office at 617-496-4001.

Advanced Pronunciation for Advanced Speakers of English

This course is designed for advanced speakers of English and provides direct instruction in pronunciation to improve communication with native English speakers. The class will focus on identifying and correcting accented speech sounds and other features of spoken language which contribute to misunderstood communication. Participants will be recorded to track improved pronunciation. Class presentations will also be assigned to assess students' progress throughout the semester.

Advanced Communication

This 12 week course is a follow-up to the Advanced Pronunciation class and will offer advanced students the opportunity to polish their speaking skills with a focus on clarity.  It includes a continued focus on individual pronunciation issues, practicing different methods of deliver, and improving verbal and non-verbal communication.  A variety of professional and social scenarios will be used including formal and informal workplace communication.  Participants will be recorded weekly and use self evaluation and peer feedback to assess their progress. Enrollment is limited to 15 students.

Presentation Skills

This 10 week course is designed to prepare advanced non-native English speakers to develop and deliver presentations for conferences, in-class lectures, seminars, workshops and business meetings. Participants will learn to organize and outline their presentation material, practice proper methods of vocal and non-verbal delivery, use presentation aids, and develop different forms of speeches that lead to effective presentations. Participant presentations will be videotaped and evaluated by both the instructor and the participant to track progress throughout the semester. Enrollment is limited to 10 students.