GC 509: Advanced Pronunciation for ITAs

Did you miss our GC 509 Informational Session on Zoom?

Click the button below to view the video recording of GC 509 Informational Session A (on 7/22).  There are 2 segments in the Box folder, so make sure to watch both of them if you want all the information!  If you have any questions after watching the video, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us by emailing itap@uic.edu.

Watch GC 509 Fall 2020 Info Session Recording

Course Information

What is GC 509?

GC 509 is a 2-credit course designed for current or prospective international teaching assistants who want to improve their English pronunciation and develop clear speaking skills.  Students will learn strategies to improve their own pronunciation by practicing individual sounds (vowels and consonants) and sounds within sentences (such as stress, rhythm, and intonation).  Interactive lessons and short, in-class presentations provide numerous opportunities for students to apply their pronunciation knowledge and develop their public speaking skills.  Throughout the course, students will receive personalized feedback from the instructor.

When does GC 509 meet?

This 8-week course meets for two separate 2-hour sessions each week, and it is offered during both Fall and Spring semesters.  It may also be offered during the 8-week Summer session, depending on demand.

In Fall 2020, 2 sections will be offered:

  • 2:00-3:50 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays (CRN 41198) – meets ONLINE
  • 10:00-11:50 AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays (CRN 41861) – meets ONLINE

Course Objectives

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Understand their pronunciation strengths and weaknesses
  • Learn to improve their pronunciation by practicing strategies introduced in class
  • Produce more organized and coherent explanations and presentations
  • Develop their listening skills to help them accurately hear the sounds of American English
  • Demonstrate improved pronunciation of field-specific language
  • Complete the oral English certification process (if needed)

Course Topics (subject to change)

  • individual sounds (consonants and vowels)
  • thought groups and phrasing
  • prominence
  • syllable stress
  • rhythm
  • intonation
  • connected speech, including reductions and linking
  • self-reflection and self-monitoring
  • effective practice strategies

GC 509 Student Testimonials

After this class, I recognize my weaknesses better and learn much more about the ways I can improve them and get familiar with a lot of different resources.

The course is very helpful.  In particular, you teach me how to divide a difficult word and demonstrate how to say it.  Great!!

I am using stressing and intonation more than before and I feel it has improved my speech.

It’s a course that not only helps TAs but anyone who is looking to improve their speaking skills.  The whole class also improves the self-confidence 🙂