French Pronunciation

Most students who learn French tend to have difficulties in pronouncing the language. This usually leads to avoiding speaking French or being scared and ashamed to speak French. Are you very good in grammar and have a wide range of vocabulary, but you don’t feel like speaking simply because you’re afraid that native speakers might not understand you? This course will help you master the French pronunciation and accentuation while minimalizing your “English accent”. We will focus on the rhythm, the accentuation, the French vowels and consonants, as well as the relationships between oral French and written French. Suitable for anyone with some prior knowedge of the language.


DELIVERY MODE
This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom. Classes will consist of a minimum of 1.5 hours virtual class time, together with 30 minutes worth of work to be completed independently. You will be able to contact your tutor by email or phone to ask for guidance and feedback on this work. In addition tutors may set additional homework. This course requires students to have an email, a reliable internet connection, a microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer. Please note that WEA Sydney is unable to provide any technical support for students' personal equipment.


Tutor supplied material.


CLASS PLAN

  • Students go over their fears and obstacles
  • Methodology on how to work on their pronunciation beyond the classroom
  • Tackle pronunciation difficulties of non-native French speakers (e.g. /r/ and nasal sounds to only name a few)
  • Master French rhythmic patterns and accentuation
  • Master French specific sounds such as nasal sounds and the famous /r/


CONTENT
French phonetics including rhythm, accentuation, pronouncing consonants, pronouncing vowels, pronouncing nasal sounds, and the relationship between oral and written French.


Topics

  • French rhythm: melody, accentuation, pauses
  • French oral vowels
  • French nasal vowels
  • French semi-consonants
  • French consonants
  • Relationship between sounds and written letters


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Speak clearly and be understood by French native speakers
  2. Speak with a good rhythm and accentuation
  3. Minimise their “English” accent
  4. Identify French-specific sounds and be able to pronounce them accurately
  5. Speak more fluently
$222 Limited / $200

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13 Jul

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Course testimonials:

  • Undoubtedly a very special course. An amazing educational experience.
  • The course content was very comprehensive with plenty of time for practice and feedback. I am much more aware of the nuances of the French language. It was a most enjoyable and worthwhile week.