Basic Pronunciation & Speech Training

Offered by School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Short Course / 12 sessions, 36 hours / TGS-2015502602

Course Information
Learning Outcomes
Course Schedule
Lesson Plan
Trainer Profile
Course Fees

Course Information

Acquire the knowledge and skills to speak with confidence with our Basic Pronunciation & Speech Training Course.

This course is suitable for those who wish to improve their English pronunciation and learn to speak accurately and clearly.

Learning Outcomes

From this course, participants will learn all about the basic skills in English phonetics and speech. Participants will practise speech, especially in pronunciation, diction, stress pattern, pitch, intonation and pace.


Upcoming course run

Course Date: 3 Jan, 5 Jan, 7 Jan, 10 Jan, 12 Jan, 14 Jan, 17 Jan, 19 Jan, 21 Jan, 24 Jan, 26 Jan, 28 Jan 2022
Application Period: 1 Nov 2021 – 3 Dec 2021
Duration: 12 sessions, 3 hours
Time: 6.30pm to 9.30pm
Delivery Mode: Classroom
Venue: TBC

This course may be conducted online subject to Covid-19 guidelines.

Ngee Ann Polytechnic reserves the right to reschedule / cancel any programme, modify the fees and amend information without prior notice.

Lesson Plan

Breathing technique for speech
  • Types of breathing
  • Exercises for breathing
Voice production
  • The human voice mechanism
  • Production of clear tones
Diction (clear consonants & vowels)
  • Production of consonants
  • Production of vowels
  • Exercises for improving diction
Pitch, Intonation & Stress
  • Pitch range and variation
  • Rising and falling intonation/inflections
  • Syllable stress
  • Exercises for pitch, intonation and stress
Omission / substitution of sounds
  • Identify problems (e.g. final consonants)
  • Exercises to correct problems
Common pronunciation problems / errors
  • Identify problems / errors
  • Exercises for correct pronunciation
Basic phonetic transcriptions
  • IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet)
  • Simple transcription exercises
Singlish vs. Standard English
  • Identify the difference
  • Practice using standard English through mini dialogues / speeches / presentations

Trainer's Profile

Vivian Tsang

Vivian Tsang has been a lecturer with Ngee Ann Polytechnic for more than 25 years. She has also taught at the Singapore Polytechnic and the CELC at NUS. She has taught various communication & language courses, including a pronunciation and speech course to the Early Childhood Education students. Vivian also has experience in teaching ESP (English for Specific Purposes), ESL (English as a Second Language) & EFL (English as a Foreign Language). In addition, she also teaches German, French and Bahasa Indonesia.


Certification of Participation will be awarded to participants who achieve at least 75% attendance.

Course Fees

Funding period for this course is from 1 Apr 2018 to 30 Sep 2024.

Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP)
NTUC members enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support for up to $250 each year (or up to $500 for NTUC members aged 40 years old and above) when you sign up for courses supported under UTAP (Union Training Assistance Programme). Please visit e2i’s website to find out more.

Long Term Visit Pass Plus (LTVP+) Holders
Please furnish the following documents to the course administrator to qualify for SSG funding:
Self-sponsored learner (**LTVP+): Copy of your green visit pass card, with the word ‘PLUS’ on the back of the card.
Co-sponsored learner (##LTVP+): Copy of valid and current Letter of Consent (LOC) from MOM

Ngee Ann Polytechnic reserves the right to reschedule/cancel any programme, modify the fees and amend information without prior notice.

(Course fee is payable upon acceptance. It is inclusive of 7% GST and subject to review.)

Applicants / Eligibility Fees
Full Course Fee$418.37
Singaporeans aged below 40, Permanent Residents & **LTVP+ qualified for SkillsFuture Funding$125.51
Singaporeans aged 40 & above qualified for SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy$47.31
Singaporeans, Permanent Residents & ##LTVP+ qualified for Enhanced Training Support for SMEs$47.31
Others (and Repeat Students)$418.37