Laura Rupp

Laura Rupp

I am a Senior Lecturer in English Linguistics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. My research is in grammatical variation and change. I teach courses in Global English and English pronunciation.

Location Amsterdam, The Netherlands


  • Let's work in it together Rajesh Shrivastava!

  • That is great Simona Borsani. We hope that you will continue enjoying the course.

  • Claude Claude, you made me laugh :-) You show awareness of things that are difficult for you, which is a great start! All of them are addressed in Weeks 2-4; we hope that it will be helpful.

  • Very well said, Reza Malakoutikhah.

  • That is very nicely said, Gessie Roland.

  • I admire you three for it! While this is an online course, we hope that you will be able to communicate with other learners.

  • Dear Abdul-Bari Mohammed, we will try to help you achieve your goals!

  • I think that is well said.

  • Dear Giovanny Campos Chaviarria, we hope that we can help you overcome some of your fear and not crash with the wall!

  • We hope that we can help you overcome you fear a little, Amour Nona.

  • Of course that is a perfectly good aim, Pawar P.J. We all have particular aims.

  • We hope that we can help you further develop your pronunciation skills, Reema Bhagat.

  • @NAVEEDASGHAR Thank you! We hope that you will continue enjoying it.

  • We are looking forward to learning with you, Nasche Yoosuf.

  • That is a good analysis, Cruz Castillo. I hope that you will find Week 2 on vowel sounds in English useful.

  • Thank you for joining Nushaba Abdullayeva!

  • Thank you for joining, Sandra!

  • Dear Ko Ko Aung, we will try to help you avoid them. Could you give an example of a communication breakdown that you have faced?

  • Dear Jose Silva, we will try to help you become more confident.

  • Dear Just Bafalie, we will try to help you improve.

  • Dear Mahmoud Muhammed, that is well said. We will try to help you improve your pronunciation skills.

  • @krishnapriya and Alberto Moragon, we will hope that you will feel more confident by the end of the course.

  • Dear Leidy Johana Celis Pinzo, it is a shame that you should feel nervous. We will try to help you feel more confident.

  • Dear Geidys Villalaz, we will try and help you achieve that! Could you give a concrete example of their understanding and your not understanding?

  • We will try to help you achieve that, Lucas!

  • Dear Claude, can you give me an example of what in your pronunciation they do not understand? (a concrete example of a word, for instance).

  • :-) step-by-step; this applies to educators also ...

  • That is perfectly fine, Asish, you can work on British English accent features in the course.

  • @MikaelaMesquita I agree that it might be useful to be able to speak with different accents, suited for particular occassions.

  • Thank you for your comment, Katrin. This is very true.

  • I perfectly agree, a teaching model along these lines still needs to be worked out more fully.

  • Point taken

  • Wow Ghiath, I admire you. That is very complicated. I like your analysis that you might end up speaking English with a Dutch accent!

  • You formulated it in a beautiful way, Muhammed.

  • I very much like the way in which you have phrased it, Maria.

  • Dear Gabriella, you have put it in a beautiful way! I couldn't have expressed it any better.

  • @mariamkamal What is 'to be good' at English pronunciation? Is it to speak English like a native speaker? This is one view, but another is to speak English in such a way that it enables you to communicate with and understand other speakers of English. It is a different concept of advancedness. Unfortunately, it is a fact of life that people may be assessed on...

  • Dear Giovanny, thank you for your comment. I hope that the course will help you develop your pronunciation skills.

  • Nice analysis

  • Dear Maryalice, part of the course, indeed, aims to help us understand features of each other's accents.

  • You said it well, Ying Tung Fung!

  • Dear Claude, I agree that pronunciation isn't always funny? Can you say why you think that the video wasn't funny?

  • Dear Simona, that is a very good question. There certainly is a sort of 'standard English', for example the English that is taught in schools. Since English is used in communication all over the world, linguists have started debating if that standard English should continue to be native (British or American) English, or what other form could function as a...