Elocution with Sir Timothy Ackroyd

Timothy Ackroyd

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ENGLISH ACTOR Timothy Ackroyd  – a real-life Professor Higgins – presents this very useful and very entertaining course on speaking English properly. It is aimed at anyone who would like to improve their English pronunciation, projection and oratory in general.

Sir Timothy is the right man for the job. Sir John Gielgud said of Ackroyd: “He is blessed with the most beautiful English speaking voice.” All Timothy’s life he has had a natural passion for the English language, its poetry and prose. He knows too how profound is the spoken word, in an age dominated by technology.

“From our voice springs life,” says Timothy.

The course is particularly suitable for non-Brits who would like to improve their English accent. It is also suitable for anyone who would like to gain a command of the beautiful, old-fashioned spoken English of the classic actors.

Over the past few years London-based Sir Tim has taught hundreds of foreigners how to speak good English, both in his private lessons and in his group lessons at the Idler Academy. He teaches what is known as RP or Received Pronunciation, or what we know informally as BBC English.

What you get:

Our online Elocution course consists of four sessions over two hours of video. You may watch the videos anytime and as many times as you wish.

Our elocution students also enjoy access to printouts of the various rhymes Sir Tim uses on the course.

Pupils may also access our community noticeboard where they may pose questions to the tutor and communicate with other elocution pupils.

Course sections:

Part 1a: The voice and warm-up exercises

In our first film, Sir Timothy runs through the exercises used by professional actors to warm up the voice and body. 33 minutes.

Part 1b: The vowel sounds

A thorough work-out in the English vowel sounds. 23 minutes.

Part 2: The consonant sounds

A vastly enjoyable romp through the English consonant sounds. 46 minutes.

Part 3: Introducing feeling and imagination

In our final part, Sir Timothy teaches us how to inject real passion into our reading. 24 minutes.


About the Tutor

Considered one the most enigmatic actors of his generation, Sir Timothy Ackroyd’s acting career began in 1976 when he was nominated as Most Promising Newcomer in the West End Theatre Awards for this performance as Clytemnestra in Aeschylus ‘Agamemnon’. Since then, he has performed in countless West End productions including Macbeth (Old Vic) and Much Ado About Nothing (National Theatre).


Details

What you get

Two hours of video split into four lessons. Printable notes. Access to online forum where you may pose questions to the tutor and meet other students.

Who is it for?

Our elocution course is aimed at anyone who would like to improve their English speaking voice and accent.

What is the Idler Academy?

The Idler Academy is a school and bookseller founded in 2011 by author Tom Hodgkinson and his partner Victoria Hull. Through live events, books and online courses they aim to entertain, educate and enlighten.

Reviews

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dawson54@comcast.net
6/05/2015

Precisely Wonderful
As a lifelong resident of the American South it would be foolhardy for me to even try to speak proper British English. Still, I hoped this course might nudge me toward a more intentional way of speaking, one in which I end up sounding a bit less like Foghorn Leghorn and a bit more like Atticus Finch.

And sure enough, this course is indeed about elocution. I learned plenty about vowel combinations and consonant enunciation.

Yet somewhere amidst the chalk dust and the breathing exercises, we are treated to a delightful adventure starring a stalwart young student named Lawrence -- who can speak with a bone between his teeth -- and a lovely young lady from Russia, both of whom are transported to the Ritz to enjoy smoked salmon sandwiches and Earl Grey tea and perhaps a nice bit of cake for dessert. Then they find themselves inside an Edward Lear tale, dancing by the light of the moon.

To underscore the power and the gravity of this excursion into elocution, Sir Timothy closes with a demonstration of the way intentional speech can burrow deep within our imagination by providing the best-ever recitation of the finest poem that Robert Frost ever wrote.

Elocution? Sure, there's plenty of elocution going on here. But there's so much more that all I can say is that this course made me want to find some moonlight where I, too, could dance.

Reviews

dawson54@comcast.net
6/05/2015

Precisely Wonderful
As a lifelong resident of the American South it would be foolhardy for me to even try to speak proper British English. Still, I hoped this course might nudge me toward a more intentional way of speaking, one in which I end up sounding a bit less like Foghorn Leghorn and a bit more like Atticus Finch.

And sure enough, this course is indeed about elocution. I learned plenty about vowel combinations and consonant enunciation.

Yet somewhere amidst the chalk dust and the breathing exercises, we are treated to a delightful adventure starring a stalwart young student named Lawrence -- who can speak with a bone between his teeth -- and a lovely young lady from Russia, both of whom are transported to the Ritz to enjoy smoked salmon sandwiches and Earl Grey tea and perhaps a nice bit of cake for dessert. Then they find themselves inside an Edward Lear tale, dancing by the light of the moon.

To underscore the power and the gravity of this excursion into elocution, Sir Timothy closes with a demonstration of the way intentional speech can burrow deep within our imagination by providing the best-ever recitation of the finest poem that Robert Frost ever wrote.

Elocution? Sure, there's plenty of elocution going on here. But there's so much more that all I can say is that this course made me want to find some moonlight where I, too, could dance.