Speech 3: General American

Please kindly note, if you plan on taking class with Theresa McElwee in the Fall Term, Craig Dolezel, will serve as a substitute for the first three sessions. 

Continuing with the foundation laid in Speech 1 and Speech 2, you will continue to develop and deepen your working knowledge of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) as an essential and practical actor’s tool in service to the clarity of communication. Concepts such as deep listening, the skills of intelligibility, and J.C. Wells’ Lexical Sets will be employed and added to your ever-expanding toolkit. In addition to working with a wide array of texts, a focus of the class will center upon the study of and subsequent embodiment of a General American Accent. The goal is to expand and deepen speech skills, acquiring greater specificity of articulatory action.

These practices and skills will be useful to both native and non-native speakers of English.

SPEECH 3 INSTRUCTOR
Theresa McElwee


Recommended readingSPEAKING WITH SKILL: An Introduction to Knight-Thompson Speechwork by Dudley Knight.
Available for purchase online via our registration system or in-person at the registration office.


*Please review registration prerequisites before enrolling (on the right-hand side of this page on desktop or below on mobile).

For advanced Speech offerings focused on topics other than General American, please consider our speech and accent Workshops.

Current and Upcoming