1.5-hour instructional sessions for groups of up to 6 students!
The TfCS Focused Skills Series (FSS) offers the benefits of working with a professional speech consultant in a small group setting.
Learn about the fundamentals of clear speech in interactive 1.5-hour sessions with up to five of your peers. In each session, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in communicative practice, receive individual feedback from the speech consultant, and leave with useful suggestions for customized independent practice.
FSS sessions are designed to benefit you at any stage in your journey toward clearer speech. If you have participated in other TfCS services, the FSS will give you in-depth practice with the issues that may have been outlined in your Oral Communication Video Assessment (OCVA) or in your One-to-One Sessions. If you are just starting to explore our services, we recommend starting with our OCVA, which will provide you with a comprehensive, personalized profile of your intelligibility needs.
Below you will find descriptions of the FSS sessions currently available. FSS session times vary each week during the semester.
Tricky Sounds Series
It can be challenging to pronounce certain sounds in English that are not used in your native language. This series focuses on those difficult sounds and is divided into three sections: consonants, vowels, and word endings. By attending these sessions, you will learn to pronounce the very sounds that are the most difficult for you, which will help to improve your intelligibility and increase your confidence in speaking English.
Stress and Rhythm Series
When speaking English, knowing how and where to use stress (or not use it) is a critical part of clear communication. This series will teach you how to appropriately stress or reduce the sounds of words and syllables in your speech. Gain the skills to help you differentiate between similar-sounding words, use special types of emphasis, prevent miscommunication, and more!
Thought Groups and Intonation Series
While speaking, users of English rely on stress, rhythm, and intonation to express ideas clearly. In this series, learn how to use these features of spoken English to improve your intelligibility in a variety of contexts, and to better control certain subtle meaning differences. In each session, you’ll engage in activities to help you perceive and produce the relevant feature, and learn ways to practice independently.
Note: If possible, please try to take Part I before Part II. This is not necessary but preferable.
It can be difficult to know the right words to use in certain situations. This series highlights important considerations for apologizing, refusing, and requesting in a wide variety of social, academic, and professional contexts. Each session offers a number of practical strategies to appropriately navigate everyday situations, and you’ll have opportunities to learn and implement new language in authentic scenarios.
Grammar and Vocabulary Series
You know the importance of using accurate grammar and vocabulary to communicate clearly, but perhaps academic, professional, or social obligations have prevented you from reviewing difficult grammar forms or valuable terminology on your own. Each session below offers ample opportunity to strengthen your understanding of a key grammar or vocabulary point and put it into practice