Pronunciation group

Our pronunciation group started on 8th Feb. Due to Covid everything is now done online. This group seems very educative, but I find it also very hard. The more we study the less I feel I know. I feel that I have challenges even to hear differences between the letters in the words.

3rd session: this is hard! I hadn’t ever before even understood that there is a difference with pronunciation between nouns and verbs (like e.g., with word record). I start to understand better only now how much work I have ahead of me…

I have tried to practice tongue twisters and re-read pronunciation materials between the lectures, but I’m not sure if I’m proceeding. I also started to watch McGee Studio interior design program without subtitles, and I recognized that I didn’t understand even half of all that was said (admittedly some of the words they used were not that common either). However, this listening became easier after  some time.

4th time:  I feel so tired after the lecture! How energy demanding can it be to make funny noises for 1,5 hours?! I have always felt that the word Vauxhall is my Achilles’ heel. I think, I might finally be able to say it now correctly. Apparently it should be pronounced  a little like ‘Vok-swal’. No wonder nobody understood me before when I tried to mention it.

I have now watched most of the videos and redone all pronunciation tasks in the Moodle. Many tasks were this time easier to complete, but I still had a lot of challenges with the stressed phrases. I have also recorded my reading aloud multiple times. Unfortunately, I haven’t heard any improvement despite the fact that I have repeated same texts multiple times. I still continue to do some tongue twisters with my children (because it is also fun) and I want to record my speaking again when I’m next alone long enough to do it. 

Here are the links to our favorite tongue twister sites:

Planned activity & hours


Activity ​

Planned h​

Spent  h

Preparation and counseling meetings (meetings, pre-tasks, kaleidoscope, study plans etc.)​

10 h​

~10 h​

Conversation support group​

20 h​

~18 h​

Pronunciation support group (meetings + own practices)​

20 h​

~18 h​

Active listening (tv-series without subtitles, podcasts)​

10 h​

~10 h​

Reading novels​

18 h​

~25 h​

Academic writing shower​

5 h​

3 h

Grammar studies​

5 h​

~4 h ​

Record keeping​

15 h​

~15 h​

Summary text & final reflection​

5 h​

~4 h​

All total completed ~107 h

1st February 2021

Today was our second opening session.  We had completed 5 tasks as a homework before this session. During this lecture we had some groupwork in Zoom’s breakout rooms where we discussed of different topics. We also explored some blog sites previous students had created and discussed of different ideas we got from those sites. Blogs were nice, but I think I’m going to keep my notes just in Word-document.

I signed up for the pronunciation and conversation groups for the next period. I also reserved a slot for my first personal counseling session on 4th Feb.

25 January 2021

We had 1st meeting today! This first session included guidance on what Autonomous Learning Module Studies (ALMS) actually is and what it is not. We also got task to plan what our study needs are and how to accomplish those. After this session I did Kaleidoscope review and started to draft my study plan.


My ALMS Studies!

Welcome to my ALMS studies blog. I’m attending to English ALMS course this spring 2021. Course started on mid-January. I shall write here my experiences of this training.


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