English - Introduction to English Pronunciation B2
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
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.
Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.
SZ0417 is a module
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
The course will cover the following aspects of English pronunciation: production of speech sounds; short vowels; long vowels ; diphthongs; voicing & consonants; the relationships between spelling and pronunciation and grammar and pronunciation; word level and sentence level stress; aspects of connected speech; introduction to intonation.
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. This course prepares students for the English Pronunciation C1 course.
Corresponds to B2 of the CER.
Students should have a minimum course entry level equivalent to CER B1/B2
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. Homework wil be assigned by the instructor.
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
Handouts and selected extracts from published sources will be used in the course. Key literature will be advised by the teacher and/ or listed in the course description.
Description of exams and course work
Performance, testing the learning outcomes specified in the module description, is examined using a cummulative portfolio of competence and action-oriented tasks by means of two assignments (each 25%) and two written assessments - a midterm exam and a final exam (each 25%). The assignments may consist of recording exercises in order to determine areas for improvement and to provide individual feedback.