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Online British English Elocution

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Start Date
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12 weeks
Course Fee
Deadline on 03 Oct 2023 (Tue)
2975 5695
2548 7027
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This course is intended for online delivery of British English elocution lessons for students in the Mainland and elsewhere.
This short course is specially designed for advanced English speakers who wish to improve their professional image by modifying their accent to sound more like a native British English speaker. We help you to achieve Standard English pronunciation of words (based on learning and practising the ‘correct’ vowel and consonant sounds), together with Standard English rhythm, stress, intonation, and tone. These are what is generally meant by “accent”.


Programme Details

A small portion of the course will be theory and the majority will be practical, starting with an initial assessment of students’ accents, and then practicing the concepts and ideas presented and evaluating students’ own accents, drawing lessons from sample recordings and using a number of training aids for detailed drilling and demonstration (vowel and consonant sounds, tongue twisters and difficult words, etc.) as necessary.

Learners will typically be employed or possess an interest in journalism, public relations, marketing, media and communications, but motivated applicants in other fields will be considered.

The determined student should finish with an understanding of his/her pronunciation ‘issues’ and of how to modify his/her accent over time, after the course has finished.

For clarity, British English Elocution is not a public speaking course for speechmakers.

This course will cover:

  • The components of accent: rhythm, pitch (intonation and tone), flow, stress, dialect.
  • Pronunciation: the 44 phonemes of British English, common issues for Chinese learners of English, finding correct pronunciations.
  • Detailed examination of vowel and consonant sounds and letter combinations.
  • Flow (smoothing) and the preponderance of unstressed vowels in Standard English.
  • Standard English intonation.
  • An awareness of regional accents.
  • Issues for non-Chinese (e.g. French and Indian) students, when applicable.
  • Pronunciation clinics.

24 hours (10 x 2-hour online workshops via ZOOM)

About the Trainer

Mr Peter Brokenshire, British English elocution and accent reduction trainer,  was raised in Malaya and educated in England. He graduated in Classics (Latin and Ancient Greek) and joined the British Army, first in the infantry and then as an intelligence analyst, and met his wife in Hong Kong in 1982. He was then self-employed in sales and IT, and gained a BSc in Natural Sciences and an MSc in e-Commerce. He then worked for the Department for Transport in IT procurement, negotiating and managing large data management, IT services and software development contracts. In 2012 he returned to the Far East and teaches English and elocution in various tertiary education institutes in China and Hong Kong. His interests include languages, history, natural sciences and fish keeping.

Students will be impressed by his sense of humour and dynamic teaching methods. 

Mr Peter Brokenshire

You may also be interested in the following courses:

British English Elocution for Teachers 
British English Elocution
British English Elocution (3)

If this Online British English Elocution training schedule does not suit you, or that you prefer face-to-face learning, please consider joining the British English Elocution course.   

After the British English Elocution / Online British English Elocution training, students may continue with British English Elocution (3) – an advanced course.

You may also be interested in the Stylistic Analysis: Insight into the Subtle Delivery of Meaning course. Through teaching, sharing and analysis of a wide range of texts, Mr Peter Brokenshire brings you the knowledge and skills required for understanding various stylistic features to reveal how skilled authors subtly influence readers' perception of meaning.

Related courses:

British English Elocution
British English Elocution (3)
British English Elocution for Teachers 
Stylistic Analysis: Insight into the Subtle Delivery of Meaning 

Application Code 2150-3286NW Apply Online Now
Start Date 14 Oct 2023 (Sat)
Time Saturday, 2 pm - 4 pm
Venue Online via Zoom
Tutor Mr. Peter Brokenshire
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  • 12 meeting(s)
  • 2 hours per meeting


Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$3600

Entry Requirements

Applicants should be graduates and willing to take part in discussions and practical reading aloud and speaking exercises, ideally with little inhibition. They should be reasonably confident and fluent English speakers.

Applicants should note that it takes self-awareness and persistence to permanently modify one’s speaking accent.


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Enrolment Method
Payment Method
1. Cash, EPS, WeChat Pay Or Alipay

Course fees can be paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay or Alipay at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque Or Bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify the programme title(s) for application and the applicant’s name.. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application fees in the form of a cheque, and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres;
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres, specifying  “Course Application” on the envelope.  HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.
3. VISA/Mastercard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or Mastercard, including the “HKU SPACE Mastercard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE Mastercard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

4. Online Payment

Online application / enrolment is offered for most open admission courses (course enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes. Application fees and course fees of these programmes/courses can be settled by using "PPS by Internet" (not available via mobile phones), VISA or Mastercard. In addition to the aforesaid online payment channels, continuing students of award-bearing programmes, if their programmes offer online service, may also pay their course fees by Online WeChat Pay, Online Alipay and Faster Payment System (FPS). Please refer to Enrolment Methods - Online Enrolment  for details.


  • If the programme/course is starting within five working days, application by post is not recommended to avoid any delays. Applicants are advised to enrol in person at HKU SPACE Enrolement Centres and avoid making cheque payment under this circustance.
  • Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay, Alipay, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder's credit card account.
  • In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme team for details.
  • Fees and places on courses cannot be transferrable from one applicant to another. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  • Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be repsonsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  • For payment certification, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to "HKU SPACE" to any of our enrolment centres. 
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