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English - Introduction to English Pronunciation

Module SZ0417

This Module is offered by TUM Language Center.

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of WS 2012/3

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

available module versions
WS 2015/6WS 2012/3

Basic Information

SZ0417 is a module in language at which is offered irregularly.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Catalogue of language courses as soft-skill courses
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
90 h  h 3 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions

Content

The course will cover the following aspects of English pronunciation: Production of Speech Sounds; Short Vowels; Long Vowels ; Diphthongs & Triphthongs; Voicing & Consonants; The Phoneme and Allophones; Fricatives & Affricates; Nasals and Other Consonants; The Syllable; Strong & Weak Syllables; Stress in Simple Words; Complex Word Stress; Aspects of Connected Speech; Introduction to Intonation.
We will also work on aspects of pronunciation related to students’ first language, such as specific transfer issues from e.g. Chinese/German/Spanish/etc. We will also briefly examine some of the different varieties of spoken English (including US Englishes, Australian Englishes, British Englishes, etc.).

Learning Outcome

Upon completion of this module, students’ pronunciation of English will have improved in accuracy and they will have developed a better understanding of the production and linking of English sounds and of basic English phonetics and phonology. Their speech will be show greater fluency and accuracy of intonation, especially when speaking on topics of special interest and daily necessity.

Preconditions

Students should have a minimum course entry level equivalent to CER B1/B2

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

Via short lectures at the start of each session and accompanying exercises, the course will provide students with a foundation in English phonetics and phonology in order to enable them to identify and analyse areas of weakness and improve pronunciation. Class work will incorporate active discussion of theoretical aspects of pronunciation based on the reading material together with practical exercises to improve actual production in pairs, groups and individually. There will be reading homework each week and some written exercises.

Media

Powerpoint presentations to accompany lectures; Printed handouts; Audio and video recordings from a variety of sources; Written and spoken exercises from a variety of sources

Literature

Roach, Peter. English Phonetics and Phonology: A Practical Course. Cambridge University Press (4th Edition)

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

Final assessment is based on class participation and completion of homework assignments (10%), on course oral assessment (15% of final grade), a mid-Semester written exam (25% of final grade) and a final written exam (50% of final grade). Duration of the final examination: 60 minutes.

The homework assignments and exams allow students to demonstrate comprehension of learned features of English pronunciation and to assess levels of improvement in recognizing and producing them in various learning and communicative contexts.
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