About Clear Pronunciation

Learn to speak English clearly, with this course in two stages, sounds and speech.

Use Clear Pronunciation 1 (Sounds) now

Clear Pronunciation 2 (Speech) is currently unavailable, this is being upgraded and will be available in the middle of 2021.

Key features

Learn to speak clearly! The English language is made up of 43 different sounds. Master them through videos, audio clips and 250 activities. In part 1 Sounds learn to recognise and produce vowels, consonants and diphthongs accurately, and to discriminate between them. Then move on to part 2 Speech where you can  learn to put the sounds of English together in natural speech.

  • Videos shows how to make each sound
  • Record and compare function
  • Download a sound chart
  • Detailed animations
  • Learn the IPA
  • Real life examples
  • Certificate at the end.

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More Information

You can take your pick of voices with a range to choose from male and female; young and middle-aged; English, Scottish, Australian, New Zealand, North American, Chinese, Indian... learners are exposed to a real-life variety of accents.
There is a logical progression from Clear Pronunciation 1 (Sounds) where students learn individual sounds to Clear Pronunciation 2 (Speech)  where they put those sounds together in clear, natural-sounding speech.

Sounds

  • Minimal pairs. Each of the 25 units in the program contrasts two sounds, for example head/had, there/dare, hair/hear.
  • Sounds in isolation. The first screen presents each sound independently and in the context of individual words — in initial, middle and final position.
  • Sounds in context. The second activity presents the sound in sentences for learners to listen to and repeat. They move on to a discrimination exercise.
  • Real-world pronunciation. Learners then meet the target sounds in a real-world context: someone describing a photograph, a nursery rhyme or the repeated diphthong in movie titles (Trading Places, Snakes on a Plane).

Speech

  • Learning objectives. First, a teacher clearly explains and illustrates each topic in a series of videos.
  • Audio input. Learners then listen to audio clips, identify the target pronunciation feature, recognise it and practise repeating it.
  • Sounds in context. Learners are exposed to the target elements of pronunciation in real-life speech such as a tourism documentary or a song.
  • Unscripted interviews. Finally learners watch unscripted interviews, which highlight the target pronunciation element, and practise answering the questions themselves.
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