English 99S (pronunciation) class for LAS faculty, scholars & staff (and international students)

If you are a non-native speaker of English, you may be interested in taking English 99S, an English pronunciation class funded by the LAS college and therefore free to you (except the textbook). (ISU graduate and undergraduate students are also welcome, but will have to pay a $468 course fee, since like other 99 classes, English 99S is not covered by normal tuition.) 99S is an advanced English pronunciation and speaking course designed to dramatically improve students’ ability to:

• Correctly and automatically predict the word stress of English words, particularly “Academic Word List” vocabulary (see “Academic Word List” attachment) • Appropriately use the 2 common question intonations and 2 common uncertainty intonations of English • Fluently produce the common functional language used in English for accepting compliments, apologizing, expressing you're too busy to do something, expressing you dislike something/giving an opinion, making weather small talk, etc. (see sample recordings attachments) • Lengthen words to highlight them, ask a question about them, or express contrast

As students’ English pronunciation proficiency increases throughout the semester, they are likely also to find themselves more confident in speaking (because their listeners are understanding them more easily) and better at listening (because they recognize the pronunciation clues provided by English speakers).

99S will meet MWF 12:10-1:00 p.m. in Ross Hall, classroom 0020. To register for 99S, send an email to: monicagr@iastate.edu, jlevis@iastate.edu. (The 99S class is limited to 15 students so the teacher has greater opportunity to help students with their individual pronunciation needs.)

Teacher Bio: In addition to having previously taught English 99S, Monica Richards has taught pronunciation at Xiamen City University in Xiamen, China, and another pronunciation course at Iowa State University (English 180A for international teaching assistants). Her English language teaching education has included courses in Articulatory Phonetics (at SIL-UND) and Methods in Teaching Listening and Speaking Skills to Nonnative Speakers of English (at ISU).