Improving Your Spanish Pronunciation
University of Utah
Jan 21, 2013 to Mar 9, 2013
Cost per enrollment: Free
- Provides video lectures
- Some of your work will be assessed by a content expert
- Uses discussion forums
- Has prerequisites
- Some of your work will be assessed by peers
- You will not be given a final grade in this course
- You will be expected to work with a group of other students
- Contains content not appropriate for children under 18
Full course description
Do you want to sound like a native Spanish speaker? Get started by improving your accent.
This course provides a practical introduction to Spanish pronunciation for students at all levels. It is taught in English and designed to provide an auditory and visual approach to learning pronunciation. Students will listen to audio files recorded by native speakers and then record themselves pronouncing the same words or phrases. In addition to playing back both recordings to compare the auditory differences, students will have an opportunity to view and compare visual sound waves of both audio recordings. These techniques will help learners assess and improve their pronunciation. Although it will be necessary to some extent, discussion of theoretical issues will be kept to a minimum with the emphasis being on accent reduction.
Fernando Rubio, Ph.D.
Fernando Rubio (Ph.D. SUNY at Buffalo) teaches Spanish Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition at the University of Utah, where he also directs the Second Language Teaching and Research Center (L2TReC). He served as chair of the Department of Languages and Literature at the University of Utah between 2007 and 2012. A certified OPI tester in Spanish, his research interests are in the areas of Applied Linguistics and Teaching Methodologies. He is the 2012 recipient of the ACTFL Faculty Development Award for Excellence in Foreign Language Instruction Using Technology. He chairs the MLA's Executive Committee on the Teaching of Languages and serves on the AP Spanish Development Committee.