Lesson series

Of Grace: English IPA & Pronunciation Rectification (英語國際音標和發音矯正課程)

Learners are trained to identify International Phonetic Alphabet for the English language, master English sounds with subtle differences and self-correct their pronunciation. As a result, learners will be more able and confident in English pronunciation, spelling, speaking and listening. Practical and systematic, this course is highly suitable for motivated learners of intermediate and advanced levels to translate the new knowledge into lifelong language skills. The five-hour course is strategically divided into more than 10 short sessions, to be completed in 2-3 weeks.

透過學習國際音標、練習和辨認發音,同學能夠掌握和自我糾正英文發音,並且在拼字、說話流暢度和聆聽方面都能有所提升。課程以實用為主,同學即學即糾正錯誤發音。課程具高度系統性,適合有自我學習動機的中、高階同學進竹全面性學習,獲取一套終生授用的語音學知識。

總共5.5小時的課程分成十多節的短課,容易吸收,同學可分2-3星期自我完成學習目標,換取終生受用的學習成果。
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Format

Online
Course, self-paced

Levels

Intermediate - advanced

Total duration

5+ hours 

Suggested course duration

2-3 weeks, self-paced

Course access

Unlimited times within 2 years

Self-assessment

Quizzes (x 5) of different types and levels

This course is intended to help those who... (any two)

  • Often make mistakes in English pronunciation and thus find their speaking hard to be understood 

  • Have weak spelling

  • Can't understand in listening even words they have learnt 

  • Haven't learnt or have forgotten the IPA

  • Hope to help their young children with pronunciation

課程專為有以下其中兩個情況的學員而設:



  • 常常發音不凖確,以致別人聽不懂你讀的字

  • 拼字不太好

  • 聆聽時聽不到那一些曾經學過、甚至簡單的生字

  • 沒有學過或忘了國際音標

  • 希望教好家中的小朋友

Effective learners will be able to...


Instantly rectify pronunciations

即時修正一直的錯誤發音


Read IPA & distinguish subtle sounds

看懂一套國際音標並自我辨別相似的發音



Listen better


聽懂更多學過的字



Spell words more easily

拼字更輕鬆


     
Speak more fluently  

說得更流利

Recognise differences between UK & US accents
聽懂英美發音的分別

 Self-discipline +
strategic scaffolding
= acquire lifelong skills

自律+分段學習,換取終生受用的成果!

21st-century learning from the comfort of your home
享受新世代安坐家中的舒適學習

English learning questions

Why is it helpful to learn the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) given the availability of pronunciations in electronic dictionaries?
既然字典有發音功能,為何還需學國際音標?

Two main reasons: 
兩個主因:

 1) We hear common words in our daily life or in electronic dictionaries but we still make mistakes. This is mainly because we are not aware of subtle differences of similar sounds. Listening without phonetic knowledge can be difficult for second language learners to achieve accurate pronunciation. This course helps learners build awareness of subtle differences of similar sounds and acquire systematic phonetic knowledge through learning the IPA. 

即使在日常生活裡或字典中聽到一些常用字,可是我們還會發錯音。這現象主要是因為我們不懂辨別相近的發音,因此在沒有語音學的知識下,只靠日常生活中聆聽的記憶或字典的發音去學習發音對學習外語者是有一定難度的。透過學習國際音標,學生能夠學準確的發音,以及認識整個英文語音學系統。

2) For advanced learners, with phonetic knowledge they can easily distinguish wrong pronunciations in the environment and ensure self-correction in future learning. 

有了語音學的知識,高階程度的學員更容易辨認環境中錯誤的發音,並能時常自我糾正發音。

How can I improve speaking? 如何提升說話技巧?

Effective speaking depends on four major factors: 1) clear pronunciation and fluency  2) Basic grammar  3) Good ideas  4) Clear organisation. Points 2, 3 and 4 are inseparable from your overall English ability. This course focuses on improving the first aspect. 

有效的說話涉及四個因素: 1) 清晰的發音和流暢度  2) 基本的文法  3) 好的意念  4) 有條理的組織。第 2,3,4 點離不開整體的語文能力。此課程專注訓練第一點。

Why does this course also help improve listening skills? 
為何這個課程也能幫助提升聆聽技巧?

In listening it's difficult to identify words that we can't pronounce properly.  In addition, this course also teaches learners how to improve speaking fluency , which is helpful for them to listen to to faster speech. 

如果我們讀錯一些字,在聆聽時也很難辨認那些字。第二,這課程也教導學員如何說得更流𣈱,對聆聽較快的說話很有幫助。

Meet the instructor

Patricia Waterlily

'Be life. Be love. Be light.' 

'Be life. Be love. Be light.'

Ms (Pat) Waterlily
🎷 近十年來醉心於教育事業,專注英文教學、課程設計、靈性教育以及領袖訓練,使命是提升同學的思維和個人成長。
🌸 畢業於港大英文系和藝術學系,並取得英文教育文憑、教育碩士,為註冊教師。
🎪 曾任中學全職教師,和不同學校緊密合作,熟悉教育制度。
💎 學生來自本地和國際學校高中、初入行教師。
⭐️ 近年擔任老師訓練工作
Spiritual, conscientious and compassionate, Patricia is devoted to advancing personal development through her education.

As a certified English teacher, Patricia has earned solid experience in teaching English to learners from both international and local schools, up to the level of university postgraduates.

In addition, Patricia has been vigorously helping with learners’ holistic personal transformation through leadership development, mentoring and spiritual education. Her students/mentees/trainees include secondary school students, post-graduates and novice educators.

Focused areas
Personal development (leadership, spirituality), English teaching, educational reform, curriculum design.

Credentials
  • BA (English Studies, Fine Arts)
  • PGDE (Secondary English)
  • HK-Registered Teacher
  • MEd
  • The University of Hong Kong, The University of Queensland

Our students' words 

I love learning the IPA in this course. It has improved my speaking skills and helped me understand the charm of English. The teacher was very enthusiastic and helped me a lot to improve my English. I would recommend this course to others because this course is very practical. 
Peter Pan, Seoncdary 5
My pronunciation is getting better than before. The teacher has given us some tests to improve our learning. The course is perfectly done for me. I would like to recommend this course to others because it is indeed helpful for your English learning and pronunciation.
Jason Leung, Secondary 5
This course has helped me correct my English pronunciation and improved my speaking fluency at the same time. It has also increased my interest in English and built up my self-confidence. I would recommend this course to friends who are troubled by pronunciation.
Ying Ying, Secondary 6
In this course, I learnt how to pronounce words correctly. Also, I learnt how to read aloud sentences more smoothly which will be useful for my daily speaking. Learning the correct pronunciation can help me communicate with others more smoothly. The notes are very detailed and have many examples.  
Ken Ho, Seconcdary 6
This course has helped me be aware of how words are really pronounced. I can get rid of my bad pronunciation habits. This course has raised my interest in English learning because I can adopt foreign sounds more quickly and easily. 
Natalie, Secondary 5
I think this course is helpful for my English learning because learning phonetic symbols helps me speak English. I will recommend this course to others 
Rachel Leung, Secondary 5
I find English IPA useful to me. Also, The course raised my interest in future English learning. This course is helpful for my personal development through improving my communication skills. 
LExie yip, Secondary 6
This course has helped me how to pronounce words correctly. This course is helpful for my English learning through oral practice. I can understand how foreigners speak, which helps me with speaking and listening. After a long period of hard work, I’m pretty sure that the course has raised my interest in future English learning. I like it very much.
Joanna, Secondary 6
 This course has helped me learn the English IPA and pronunciation. It helps me communicate more fluently with foreigners. Foreigners can listen to me more easy. 
Connie, Secondary 6

Equity Scholarship Scheme 
公平教育-獎學金計劃

"Cleverness is a gift, kindness is a choice." - Jeff Bezos

Would you like to join us with some financial support?
你想學習而有財政需要嗎?

Write no less than 200 words and email your 'scholarship application' at [email protected]
同學/家長/老師只需寫一封申請信或推薦信。

Applicants' information kept confidential. 申請人資料保密。

Summer holiday 40% off
$1500 $1200 

<暑期大優惠>

60-day refund protection 

60 天退款保障

Frequently asked questions

Does the teacher speak in English in the lessons?
老師用英文授課嗎? 

Yes, the course is conducted in English simply because listening is a vital part of language learning. Our students improve their listening skills dramatically in English-speaking lessons. Patricia speaks in a moderate speed and occasionally adds Chinese to clarify meaning. 

是的。用英文授課大大增加了同學聽英語的機會,加速學習成效。Patricia 用適當的語速,間中添補一些中文加以解釋,確保同學能掌握要點。

The course is suitable for both intermediate and advanced learners. Then how can the teacher cater for different learning needs?
此課程適合中階和高階學員,那老師怎樣確保滿足不同程度學員的需要呢? 

Using her solid professional experience and creativity , Patricia offers different levels and types of assessments for advanced and intermediate learners respectively. 

Patricia 利用豐富的教學經驗和創意,特地設計了不同程度和形式的評估練習,配合中、高階不同學員的需要。

Can I ask the teacher questions about my English learning both related and not related to the course? 
購買課程後,我可以問老師關於課程的學習問題,甚至一些不在課程之內的英文學習問題嗎?

 Yes. We have provided a community on this website. You may ask questions about your English learning and personal development. Click on 'Community' on the top bar after login. 

可以,我們提供了一個網站社群,讓所有學員能夠隨時留言發問。學員可問關於英文學習及個人成長或發展的問題。社群 (Community) 在此網站登入後的最上方點擊進入。

Can I download lesson notes and videos?
課堂影片和筆記可以下載嗎?

 Our lesson notes are available for downloading. The lesson videos are available for viewing for unlimited times on our website within 2 years of purchase. 

所有課堂筆記可供下載。課程影片於購買起兩年內在網站無限次觀看。

May I get a refund if I find that the course is not helpful for me?
如果我覺得課程沒有幫助,可以要求退款嗎?

Yes. We aim to provide quality education to safeguard learners' interest. However, if you think the course is not helpful, you may request for a refund within 60 days of purchase. Simply email us at [email protected].
可以的。我們致力提供優質的教育,保障學員的利益。如果你覺得課程對你沒有幫助,你可以在購買課程起60日之內要求退款,你只需寄電郵去 [email protected] 便可 。
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