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ESL 091 - Accent Reduction - Jessica Edmond

Course:Accent Reduction
Professor:Jessica Edmond
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Instructor Jessica Edmond smiling, brown hair, blue eyes, wearing a green hat

Welcome to ESL 091 Accent Reduction!  I’m Professor Jessica Edmond, and I’ll be guiding you through this remote-learning course. If you have any questions or concerns about the course, or you are not sure if it is right for you, please contact me at jessica.edmond@canyons.eduThis remote class is unlike any other ESL class you have ever taken.  You will have an entire semester to focus on the sound of the General American accent and work toward modifying your speech to achieve your personal goals.  Please be aware that this is a synchronous course and that participation in our weekly class meetings on Zoom is MANDATORY.  There is no prerequisite, but completion of ESL 061 or higher is strongly recommended.

Course Description

ESL 091 focuses on accent reduction for non-native speakers of English. Course covers discrete sounds and phonemes as well as stress and intonation, aural discrimination, and sound patterns reproduction. Offered pass/no-pass only.  The 4 credit units do not apply to the associate degree.

What to Expect in this Course

  • Mandatory class meetings will be conducted remotely through Zoom.  There are no campus visits.
    • You may be dropped from the course if you do not attend the first Zoom meeting. If you have problems logging in to the Zoom meeting, please contact me by email. (If you get dropped, you can rejoin by the add date.  See COC student calendar for date.)
  • Class time will be used for learning and practicing new concepts; completing textbook activities with a partner or in groups; and giving short presentations.  
  • All work and exams will be conducted through Zoom, Canvas, and MyELT.  We may try some other fun apps, too.
  • Homework will be assigned every week.
    • Some assignment examples include textbook activities, online workbook activities, self-evaluations and goal setting, memorization or phonetic sound symbols, watching videos and speech tutorials, presentation practice, and more.  
  • All students are expected to participate in a final class performance.  (This part of the course is the most fun!)
  • Required Technology
    • Regular and reliable computer access with a camera, speaker, microphone, and stable, high-speed internet connection
    • The use of a MyCanyons email account, Zoom, Canvas, and MyELT, as well as other free communication and language-learning apps   
    • You are responsible for your own technology. Computer failure or technology related problems (including loss of internet access) will not excuse you from any assignment.

Types of Assessments

  • You will be evaluated through voice recordings, presentations, self-assessment, quizzes, and other assignments.
  • Quizzes are given through Canvas and completed as homework. 
  • Completing all weekly course assignments and practicing daily is the key to being successful in the course.

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

Well Said 4th edition (2017) by Linda Grant 

Publisher: Cengage, ISBN: 9781305641365

The textbook can be purchased used or new from the COC bookstore.  If you find the textbook for a cheaper price somewhere else, ask the COC Bookstore if they will match the price. 

COC Bookstore website:

Optional but highly recommended: Purchase the MyELT online practice code, which is sold separately for $10, ISBN: 9781305886582.  Click on the underlined link for purchase information. 

Other Relevant Course Information

I will send an email to you before the class begins with additional information to help you prepare for the first week of class.  I am happy to answer your questions at anytime, so please don't hesitate to email me.  


Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

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Last updated: 07/19/2022 Sub#: 508