How will this course improve my English?

You will gain three major benefits from the How to Speak American English language course:

1. You will be able to speak confidently in conversations and express yourself clearly in written communications.

2. You will have a greater understanding of the meaning of American English expressions in conversations or when you read or listen to the media.

3. You will be able to use American English expressions in their proper context for social or business purposes.

How can I speak more confidently?

When you understand the structure, influences, expressions and dialects of American English it's much easier to communicate.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

1. Participate in social and business conversations

2. Communicate clearly with a reduced accent

3. Convey information and express opinions effectively

4. Understand word pronunciation and stress patterns

5. Use American English expressions fluently

What reference books should I use with the course?

The three books that can best assist you in completing the How to Speak American English language course:

1. The American Heritage College Dictionary

2. Martinez, R. (1997). Conversation Lessons: The Natural Language of Conversation. Heinle: Boston. ISBN 1899396659

3. Wall, A. (1998) Say It Naturally 2: Verbal Strategies for Authentic Communication. Heinle: Boston. ISBN 0030221986

What do I need in order to take the course?

In order to use all of the materials and participate in all of the activities offered in the “How to Speak American English” course you should have the following items:

1. Access to a personal computer with minimum 256K RAM.

2. A notebook to organize notes and assignments.

3. A set of lead pencils with erasers.

4. Headphones / speakers to connect to the computer.

5. High Speed internet connection.

6. Internet Explorer with Flash player installed.

How can I avoid being confused?

There is more to understanding a conversation than knowing the definition of the words. Sometimes what you really need to know is the group or location. American English speakers use many words and expressions that are not in the dictionary. By the end of the course you will be able to:

1. Understand how American English conversations work

2. Distinguish between facts, ideas and opinions

3. Recognize informal and formal American English

4. Understand intonation and stress use in conversation

5. Easily recognize American cultural expressions