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Why Our Advanced TESOL course?

Why Our Advanced TESOL course?

Did you know that our TESOL Master course is one of the most in-depth, comprehensive online entry-level TESOL courses around? But just what is it that sets it apart from the rest? Find out below and take our fun 1 minute mini-quiz to find out what you already know about English pronunciation and intonation.

Designed to add another 100 hours of study onto the ACTDEC accredited TESOL Premier Plus course, our 250-hour programme provides in-depth analysis of English phonetics, phonology and linguistics. You’ll learn phonemic script, understand why different nationalities struggle with English pronunciation, how sounds are produced in the vocal tract, different approaches to teaching language, the importance of intonation, stress, language and power – and plenty more. We link out to some of the best audio and video around today to bring the course to life and illustrate key concepts.

Few TEFLers have an in-depth understanding of these concepts, as they aren't covered extensively by other online or CELTA/Trinity certificate level courses. So you’ll be developing your knowledge further than most by digging deeper into our language. Upon successful completion, you'll receive a prestigious Global English TESOL certificate. 

Take a peek at a sample page

To see a sample page, click on the link at the bottom of this article to view an extract from the Phonetics and Phonology section.

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Quiz - how is your knowledge of the English language?

So what do you know about the language already? You might surprise yourself:

1. English is known as a stress-timed language. What does this mean?

2. What is etymology? (not what Grissom did on CSI – which was entomology)

3. The most common sound in the English language is the ‘schwa’ vowel sound as underlined in ‘sofa  which occurs in unstressed (weak) syllables.

Which 2 words normally contain the schwa sound in their final syllable from the following:

banana                 courses                    sister                     sleazy                   

Answers are at the bottom of the page – with more detail in the TESOL Master course, of course....

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Enjoy.     /ɛnˈdʒɔɪ/

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Answers to the quiz

1. English is known as a stress-timed language. What does this mean?

This means that stress in a spoken sentence generally occurs at regular intervals and so we will ‘swallow’ some syllables in order to keep the rhythm. Since key words are stressed, we swallow the less important words or syllables. Here’s an example:

In "I like eating in the pub" we spend longer and stress the key words I/like/eat/pub and say quickly or swallow ing/in/the. This swallowing of words can make English difficult to follow for our learners.

French, by contrast it is syllable-timed, where each syllable occupies the same amount of time and is generally given equal weight. More on stress-timed language here

2. What is etymology?

Answer: the study of the roots and history of words.

3. The most common sound in the English language is the schwa vowel sound as underlined in ‘sofa’,
/ˈsoʊ fə/, which occurs in unstressed (weak) syllables.

Which 2 words normally (although slightly depending on accent) contain the schwa sound in their final syllable from the following:

banana                               courses                                 sister                     sleazy  

Answer: banana and sister (we tend to say sistuh rather than sister)  

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Comments


HELEN MARAIS

A timely refresher course only 33years since my last stint at UCT in Cape Town!
We were just discussing "wood and would" on my fb page this week. It's fanscinating to find that, for example, in Canada they use the same phonetic symbol for both.

Looking forward it.

ESDRAS

The matters exposed above are, in fact, very important for those having a good knowledge of English to improve his/her command in the language. Mastering the basic rules of phonetics makes the learner pronounce the words and phrases correctly.

Helen M

It looks like a very interesting course!


Louisa Walsh Global English TESOL

Thanks for your comments. There are not many courses out there which go into such depth at TESOL entry-level. There's a real interest in how our language works and you are right, Esdras that being equipped with this knowledge can only help us as teachers.

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