Say It Clearly!

Are you ever misunderstood by your colleagues or clients? Do you find it difficult to pronounce certain words? This workshop looks at all aspects of Standard English pronunciation, with a particular focus on problem areas for Singaporean speakers.

You will take part in a variety of pronunciation activities, such as using the British Council’s interactive phonemic chart and making recordings of your voice. Feedback on your strengths and areas for development will ensure that you immediately improve your pronunciation.

Who should attend?

Anyone who wants to speak more clearly and be understood by others.


  • know the standard pronunciation of commonly mispronounced words
  • speak with improved clarity and fluency
  • be more easily understood by others

Course Outline

Introduction and overview

  • Words at work
  • Your pronunciation strengths and areas to improve

Sounds and Spelling

  • Introducing the phonemic alphabet
  • Phonemic spelling

Vowel Sounds

  • Short and long vowel sounds
  • Two problem sounds for Singaporeans
  • Producing diphthongs (double vowels)
  • Confusing pairs of words


  • Voiced and unvoiced consonants
  • Voicing practice - problem consonants
  • Consonant clusters
  • Word endings


  • Syllables and word stress
  • Weak sounds: un-stressed syllables
  • Sentence stress

Pace, pausing and intonation

  • Effective pacing and pausing
  • Using intonation to create interest
  • Intonation, stress and meaning


  • Relaxing your voice
  • Projecting your voice
  • Developing clearer speech

Bringing it all together

  • Giving your final talk
  • Writing a personal action plan

Course Information

Public Training Dates 2019   
January 30-31 April 1-2 May 2-3 July 11-12
September 12-13 October 10-11 November 11-12 December 12-13

Length: 2 days

Venue: Professional Development Centre, Toa Payoh

Course Fees: S$954.44 (including GST)