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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Session 1: Introduction and Roadmap

    • How to use this workshop

    • Why this before private sessions?

    • Office Hours

    • What is General American?

    • Our Process - The 4 P's

  • 2

    Session 2: The 1st "P" - People

    • Accent Identity - What's it like to be Swedish?

    • Accent Identity - What is it?

    • Retraining your Brain to Work Like a Native Speaker's

    • Research - Where to Start

    • Accent Models

    • Exercise - Quick and Dirty Analysis

  • 3

    Session 3: The 2nd "P" - Posture (Vocal Tract Posture)

    • What is VTP? - The Silver Bullet of Physical Acting Choices

    • VTP is a Full Body Exercise

    • Optional Check-In: What's MY Vocal Tract Posture?

    • Swedish VTP

    • How to discover VTP off of your Accent Model

    • Exercise #1 - The 10 Listens

    • Exercise #1 - 10 Listens - Do it NOW!

    • Exercise #2 - The Springboard Phrase

    • Recap and Homework

    • Vocal Tract Posture and Identity Etudes

  • 4

    Session 4: The 3rd "P" - Prosody (Music of the Accent)

    • What is Prosody?

    • Pitch

    • Rate

    • Isochrony

    • Springboard Phrase and Prosody

    • Volume

    • Prosody Matrix

    • Exercise - What is my prosody?

    • How do we use Prosody as actors already?

    • Ways to discover Prosody?

    • Speech is Music - Let's listen to some music

    • Recap and Homework

  • 5

    Session 5: The 4th "P" - Pronunciation - REVIEW of Accent Skills

    • Review 1 - Tongue Anatomy

    • Review 2 - Pancake & Hotdog Tongue

    • Review 3 - Arching and Cupping the Tongue

    • Review 4 - "Ewwww" Exercise

    • Review 5 - The Blueberry Exercise

    • Review 6 - The Shaping Exercise (Phthonging)

    • Review 7 - The Vowel Chart - an overview

    • Review 8 - How to target shapes on the vowel chart... AND in your preferred accent!

    • Review 9 - Vowels (Shapes) and the American /r/

    • Review 10 - Your Vocal Tract Posture - Hesitation Sound

    • Review 11 - Lexical Sets

  • 6

    Session 6: The 4th "P" - Pronunciation 1 - Front Vowels

    • A Quick Word About Vowels

    • FLEECE

    • KIT

    • DRESS

    • TRAP

    • Exercise - Add these lexical words into your springboard phrase

  • 7

    Session 7: The 4th "P" - Pronunciation 2 - Back Vowels

    • GOOSE

    • FOOT

    • THOUGHT/CLOTH

    • LOT/PALM/FATHer

    • Exercise - Add these lexical words into your springboard phrase

  • 8

    Session 8: The 4th "P" - Pronunciation 3 - Central Vowels

    • STRUT

    • commA/Again

    • NURSE/lettER

    • Exercise - Add these lexical words into your springboard phrase

  • 9

    Session 9: The 4th "P" - Pronunciation 4 - Closing Diphthongs

    • FACE

    • PRICE

    • MOUTH

    • CHOICE

    • GOAT

    • Exercise - Add these lexical words into your springboard phrase

  • 10

    Session 10: The 4th "P" - Pronunciation 5 - Centering Diphthongs

    • NEAR

    • SQUARE

    • NORTH/FORCE

    • START

    • Exercise - Add these lexical words into your springboard phrase

  • 11

    Session 11: The 4th "P" - Pronunciation 6 - Consonants

    • Bilabial Consonants /p/b/m/

    • LabioDental Consonants - /f/ /v/

    • Alveolar Consonants /t/d/n/

    • Alveolar Fricative - /s/ /z/

    • Alveolar Tap/Flap /ɾ/

    • Dental Consonants - /θ/ /ð/

    • Post Alveolar Consonants - /ʃ/ /ʒ/

    • /l/ - Light and Dark "L"

    • Palatal Approximate - /j/

    • Velar Consonants /k/g/ŋ/

    • Glottal Fricative - /h/

    • Double Articulations - /ʍ/ /ɯ/ /t͡ʃ/ /d͡ʒ/ /t͡s/

    • Exercise - Add these lexical words into your springboard phrase

  • 12

    Session 12: Congrats!! Wrap Up & Next Steps (Time to go work with your dialect coach!)

    • Wrap up and Next Steps (use edited genam video