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Speaking with Clarity

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Apr 02 - Apr 06, 2018
08:30 - 16:00 , Mon-Fri
Washington , DC $1399 O
Aug 06 - Aug 10, 2018
08:30 - 16:00 , Mon-Fri
Washington , DC $1399 O
Dec 03 - Dec 07, 2018
08:30 - 16:00 , Mon-Fri
Washington , DC $1399 O
Dec 03 - Dec 07, 2018
08:30 - 16:00 , Mon-Fri
Washington , DC $1399 O
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Course overview

Speak clearly and understandably! Whether you seek to practice pronunciation, reduce an accent, or develop a strong working vocabulary, create a more positive impression by improving the clarity and vocal quality of your spoken English.

This course aligns with the following DoD financial management competencies:
DoD FM CompetencyProficiency LevelHours
Oral Communication (Lead Self) N/A 30

Who should attend?

Individuals who want to improve the clarity and vocal quality of their spoken English, including nonnative English speakers.

Learning outcomes

  • Identify and use standard English forms of grammar and pronunciation
  • Identify the standard and non-standard forms and patterns of your speech
  • Be more aware of how others perceive your spoken communications
  • Polish your English speaking skills to improve interactions in the workplace

Course outline

Syllabus -- Voice and Diction, COMM7012D, Grad. School, USDA

Day one of five

  • Components of voice and diction
    • Volume
    • Pitch
    • Inflection

  • Barriers to good vocal quality
    • What is vocal quality?
    • Social speech vs. workplace speech
    • Practicing listening on the job

Day two of five

  • Pronunciation and articulation fundamentals
    • Formation of consonants
    • Articulation practice exercises
    • Reading practice exercises
    • Pronunciation exercises

Day three of five

  • Vowel/diphthong articulation
    • Exercises and Drills

  • Skill-building assignments
    • Phonetics
    • Dictionary exercises

Day four of five

  • Basics of oral presentation
    • Voice quality exercises
    • Vocabulary building
    • Reading practice

  • Oral presentations
    • Review of fundamentals
    • Class presentations and group evaluation

Day five of five

  • Pronunciation Exercises
    • Omission
    • Addition
    • Substitution
    • Misplaced accent
    • Reversal
    • Stress and intonation
    • Common phrases and words

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