"Why should I join this course?"
You're here because you obviously feel like you have a problem with your pronunciation, right? You maybe feel embarrassed or insecure. You maybe lack confidence when you speak. You maybe feel like your accent is really strong and you want to get rid of it or soften it. However, maybe your problem is more serious? People maybe don't understand you sometimes, or they maybe even misunderstand you. Maybe someone has laughed at you and your confidence and motivation is dying. Maybe you want to be taken more seriously. Or, quite simply, you just love pronunciation and you're a phonetics/pronunciation nerd (like me!) who just wants to learn about the sounds of English in more detail.
Do you tick any of these boxes? If so, then this course is for you!
"Why should I enrol on this course when I can just watch YouTube videos for free?"
Good question! This course gives you with a clear structure and provides everything you need to know about the "th" sounds. You will have access to the private Facebook community where I do monthly live Q&As as well as weekly pronunciation/phonetics challenges to help you remain motivated during your learning journey.
Also, I've been teaching English for 11 years. I have a degree in English Language and Linguistics as well as a master's degree in English Language Teaching. I know about phonetics and phonology like the back of my hand and have a real passion for the subject and teaching it. During the course, you will be able to ask me questions about pronunciation, phonetics, and phonology in the Facebook group, via email, or in the course in the comments sections. This is something that you can't always do on YouTube, simply because the teachers on YouTube don't always have the time to respond to your questions and comments, or they simply don't have such a detailed and high level of knowledge of phonetics, phonology, and pronunciation. Each teacher has their own niche, and finding a teacher who specialises in only pronunciation is quite uncommon.
I'm a native English teacher from York, England. I've been teaching for nearly 11 years and have a degree in English Language and Linguistics (my dissertation focused on the teaching and perceptions of non-standard accents and dialects of English to English learners), an MSc in English Language Teaching (my dissertation focused on the teaching and acquisition of pragmatics), and a Cambridge CELTA teaching qualification. I've taught privately as well as for some of the world's leading language schools in Spain, the UK, and online. I've also taught students from some of the world's top companies, such as Nike, Adidas, Monster, Canon, Casio, and Europcar, just to name a few.
My students tend to be professionals who work in various fields (typically admin, medicine, business, and law). My students are sometimes also English teachers who simply want to brush up on their pronunciation so they can teach their own students in a more effective way or a different way from how they usually teach.
I currently live in Bristol, England, and teach privately online and in Bristol. I decided to create these online courses due to the demand from my followers on social media. People asked me nearly every day whether I had any online courses to help them improve their pronunciation skills, so here they are! I absolutely live, breathe, and love teaching about pronunciation and phonetics. :)
I found this online course cutting-edge and I strongly recommend it to everybody who is looking to improve their TH pronunciation. I've been doing lessons with Emma for one-year now and I'd say it's difficult to find a more prepared teacher for pronunciation!
The "TH sound" is usually a challenge for any Brazilian. It doesn't exist in Portuguese, but on this course, I really learned it. Emma demonstrates with extreme clarity how to produce this sound in all its variants; demonstrating the most common mistakes made by non-native speakers pronouncing the "TH sounds" and how to avoid it. In addition, she teaches us how we can evaluate and correct our own pronunciation, which helps us a lot to gain autonomy in our studies (yes, I am using these strategies for other things I am learning as well). I really recommend this course. It's certainly one of the best I've ever done. With the framework offered, I was able to practise properly and acquire much more confidence when talking.
If English is your second language, you need this course before you start. I thought that I was pronouncing the "th" sounds correctly, but I was wrong! Emma shows a very simple technique to help us in the lessons. I could see improvements in my pronunciation straight away. I really loved it!"