Italian Pronunciation

Italian language has some tricky sounds and complex phonetic sequences that, if pronounced incorrectly, might lead to lack of understanding. Pronunciation is essential to master a language and be understood by native speakers. In this course we will tackle the main phonetic issues of the Italian language and we will focus on word stress, accent and intonation in order to minimise the “English” accent. We will focus on specific consonant and vowel sounds which students usually find tricky to differentiate and master. We will work on word stress and sentence intonation and you will challenge yourselves pronouncing complex sound sequences. This course will help you feel more confident and fluent in speaking Italian, tackling the main phonetic difficulties and improving your language skills.


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.


TEXTBOOK

  • Tutor supplied material


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Differentiation of specific sounds (included, but not limited to, sc-sch, gn-n, gl-l)
  • Pronunciation of complex sound sequences and combinations
  • Syllabication, word accent and word stress
  • Double consonants
  • Sentence melody and rhythm, intonation of the voice in statements and questions


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

  1. Speak more clearly and master the Italian sounds.
  2. Be more confident and fluent in speaking.
  3. Minimise the “English” accent and improve the “Italian” one.
$110 Limited / $99

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30 Jun

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