SEC Level 1

SEC Level 1

The Spoken English Level 1 course is a beginning level course designed for persons who have had little or no exposure to or had any training in spoken English. They have little or no knowledge of the English phonemes or the sounds that they represent. They have also had little or no exposure to principles of word stress and intonation. Individuals interested in public speaking and presentation, may combine the Spoken English Level 1 course with the Public Speaking course offered by The SpeechMaster’s Court

Spoken English Level 1 Modules

The Spoken English Level 1 Course has five modules

  • Letters of the English Alphabet/Spelling
  • Introduction to the English Sound system
  • Introduction to Loud and faint parts of words (using word endings)
  • Words Connect (C+V, C+C))
  • Introduction to Intonation

Target Audience:

This Spoken English Course is a beginning level self-improvement course for individuals and professionals who want to improve their pronunciation, speaking and reading and speak international Standard English.

Course Contents

The five modules contain twelve lessons

  • Letters and Spelling
    • Letter names
    • Spelling English Words
  • The English Sound System
    • Consonants of the English Sound System
    • Vowels of the English Sound System
  • Loud and Faint Parts of Words
    • Understanding How Syllables Work
    • Introduction to Loud and Faint Parts of Words
    • Identifying loud and faint words using word endings
  • Words Connect
    • Introduction to words connect
    • Rules of Words connect
      • Linking  Consonants to Vowels
      • Connecting consonants to consonants
  • Intonation
    • Intonation Simplified
    • The Fall Tone
    • The Rise Tone

Course Duration

Six weeks. However, it can be completed between four and six weeks.


The course is delivered as text and video. It is recommended that you watch the videos while looking at the text. Oral and/or written quizzes accompany each lesson. You must complete the quizzes before advancing to the next lesson. Please note that the pass grade for each quiz is 65%.


Completing this course will lead to the award of  the SECA LEVEL 1 Certificate.


Letters and Spelling

This module teaches the letter names and how each letter name is correctly said and applies this knowledge to how English words are spelt. This section is helpful to persons who give or take dictation. It is also an important lesson for teachers preparing pupils/students for spelling competitions.