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SYLLABUS


COURSE TITLE

phonetics (lecture)

Practical phonetics (practical class)

Faculty/Institute

faculty of philology

Institute of English studies

COURSE CODE




DEGREE PROGRAMME

FIELD OF STUDY

Degree LEVEL

Forma studiów/STUDY MODE

philology, English studies

BA studies

full-time studies




COURSE FORMAT

basic content

YEAR AND SEMESTER

1st year winter term

Name of the teacher

Marta nowacka, Phd

COURSE OBJECTIVES

  1. to acquaint students with theory and practice of English phonetics – RP as a model accent,

  2. to get rid of a foreign accent in English,

  3. to build students’ awareness and concern for good pronunciation,

  4. to draw students’ attention to the problem areas faced by foreign learners of English,

  5. to provide the students with necessary knowledge to be able to self-evaluate their own pronunciation and correct and assess the pronunciation of others.

PREREQUISITES

None (intermediate – upper-intermediate level of English would facilitate understanding phonetic theory)


LEARNING OUTCOMES

KNOWLEDGE:

A student:

- knows the theoretical background and the practical application of English phonetics, i.e. defines and explains phonetic concepts, provides examples of selected sounds or processes, describes , e.g. the production of individual sounds, recognizes sounds, words and sentences from listening and can transcribe them in phonemic transcription as well as characterizes phonetic differences between English and their native language;

- identifies phonetic problems of Polish users of English (in case of Erasmus students, the problems of users of their native language).


SKILLS:

A student:



  • recognises English sounds and can pronounce and transcribe them;

  • analyses and self-evaluates their own pronunciation and works on getting rid of interference form their own mother-tongue into English and on limiting the amount of a foreign accent in English;

  • is able to critically evaluate others’ pronunciation, i.e. to point to their strengths and weaknesses;

  • understands the need for a constant development, broadening their phonetic knowledge and improving their performance.


FINAL COURSE OUTPUT - SOCIAL COMPETENCES

A student:



  • can critically evaluate their own pronunciation and the articulation of others, i.e. find erroneous renditions of sounds and words, praise correct enunciation, etc;

  • reads English texts aloud and works to cope with stage fright in front of the audience;

  • takes care of their own and their partner’s pronunciation;

  • is open to teacher’s and other students’ critical remarks;

  • aims at mastering perception and production of English sounds, words, sentences and utterances, i.e. the correct and accurate sounding in English.




COURSE ORGANISATION – LEARNING FORMAT AND NUMBER OF HOURS

Lecture: 30 hours

practical class: 60 hours


COURSE DESCRIPTION

A

Lecture





No.

COURSE CONTENT

NUMBER OF HOURS

1.

General Introduction to the course: syllabus, list of books, requirements, etc.

1

2.

Introduction of basic phonetic concepts: phonetics, phonology, phoneme, RP, GA etc.

1

3.

Introduction to phonetic Internet resources.

2

4.

The production of speech sounds:

- speech as a means of vocal communication,

- the description of speech organs.


1

5.

The production and description of English pure vowels, diphthongs and triphthongs.

Theory:


- the cardinal vowel diagram,

- the vowel systems of English and Polish: English/Polish substitutions,

- vowel duration in a different context in a word.


2

6.

Transcription:

  • the phonetic chart (IPA): transcription and symbols.

  • writing and reading transcription,

2

7.

The classification of English and Polish consonants: English/Polish substitutions.

- Plosives: Aspiration: exercises on aspiration of /p/, /t/ and /k/.

- Fricatives and affricates.

- Approximants, nasals and laterals, nasal and lateral release.



5

8.

Final test

1




TOTAL NUMBER OF HOURS

15

B

PRACTICAL CLASS




No.

COURSE CONTENT

NUMBER OF HOURS

1.

General Introduction to the course: syllabus, list of books, requirements, etc.

1

2.

Transcription: reading and writing phonemic symbols.

10

3.

Production and perception of English vowels.

18

4.

Tests

1




Total number of hours:

30

METHODS OF INSTRUCTION

Lecture: PowerPoint presentation.

Student’s individual work and pairwork in a language laboratory supervised by the teacher.

Activities with a focus on perception and production.
Types of exercises: individual and choral repetition drills, imitating the model pronunciation, minimal pairs, transcribing from listening (sounds, words and sentences), writing texts in phonetic transcription and reading transcription.

Teacher and peer correction and self-evaluation.



REQUIREMENTS AND ASSESSMENTS

Lecture:

1 term – test: close and open-ended questions (60% for a pass); credit,

Practical class:

The final grade is based on up to 4 practical transcription tests and student’ pronunciation.



GRADING SYSTEM

Students are obliged to take and pass all tests during the course. 60% is required for a pass.

There are the following tests throughout the whole semester:



  1. written ones:

  • perception tests,

  • transcription test (of a written texts and/or from listening),

  • testing theory and its practical application.

  1. oral ones:

  • diagnostic test (spontaneous speaking and reading – at the beginning of the academic year)

  • progress test (spontaneous speaking and reading – at the end of the academic year).

To receive the credit it is important that the students:

  • pass tests,

  • attend the classes regularly (one absence i.e. two hours without the justification is acceptable)

  • do regular home assignments,

  • participate in the class activities in an active way.




TOTAL STUDENT WORKLOAD NEEDED TO ACHIEVE EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES EXPRESSED

IN TIME AND ECTS CREDIT POINTS

Type of task

Number of hours/ student’s workload

Lecture

15 godz.

practical class

30 godz.

preparation for a practical class

35 godz.

teacher consultation

4 godz.

preparation for a theory test and exam

15 godz.

Review

1 godz.

NUMBER OF HOURS

100 godz.

TOTAL ECTS POINTS

4




LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION

English

INTERNSHIP

n/a

MATERIALS

PRIMARY OR REQUIRED BOOKS/READINGS:
Lecture:

1. Roach, P. (1995) English Phonetics and Phonology: a Practical Course, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

2. Sobkowiak, W. & Szpyra, J. (1995) Workbook in English Phonetics, Poznań: Nakom.
practical class:

1. Mańkowska A., M. Nowacka, M. Kłoczowska. 2009. “How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck?”: English Pronunciation Practice Book, Rzeszów: Konsorcjum Akademickie.

2. Wells, J. C. (2000) Pronunciation Dictionary, Essex: Longman.
SUPPLEMENTAL OR OPTIONAL BOOKS/READINGS:

1. Jones, D. (1997) English Pronouncing Dictionary, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2. Nowacka, M. et al. (2011) Sally Meets Harry: Practical Primer to English Pronunciation and Spelling, Rzeszów: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Rzeszowskiego.

3. Sobkowiak, W. (1996) English Phonetics For Poles, Poznań: Bene Nati.




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