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English - English Pronunciation C1

Module SZ0489

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.

Basic Information

SZ0489 is a semester module in English language at Bachelor’s level and Master’s level 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 30 h 3 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions

Content

The first part of the course introduces students to a variety of English accents, resources for the independent study of pronunciation and the differences between pronunciation in slow and fast speech. The second part of the course concerns pronunciation in words and phrases, including consonant clusters and stressed and unstressed syllables, and the pronunciation of foreign words. The next section of the course is about pronunciation in conversation, including how intonation contributes to meaning. The final section deals with pronunciation in formal settings, including professional contexts such as giving business or conference presentations.

Learning Outcome

The focus of this course is on improving pronunciation in communication rather than practising individual sounds or words. Students will be able to understand a variety of English accents; identify correct stress in words and phrases; identify and use features of fluent speech in conversation such as linking sounds, omitting sounds, and using intonation to convey meaning. Students will also be able to use understandable pronunciation in formal settings.

Preconditions

The students' English pronunciation should be understandable by native and non-native English speakers. They should have a general understanding of the correlation between spelling and individual vowel and consonant sounds. For students who do not meet these criteria, the course Introduction to English Pronunciation is more appropriate. Students should have a minimum course entry level equivalent to CER C1 (evidenced by the score on the placement test at www.moodle.tum.de)

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

Using the course book as a guide, the course instructor gives short lectures and explanations regarding content, and then works together with the students to put the information into practice. The course instructor works together with the students in order to determine individual areas of weakness. The emphasis of this course is spoken English; therefore, the students have plenty of opportunities to speak in order to practice new skills. The students engage in conversation pairs, group discussions, and individual spoken exchanges with the course instructor. Although the focus of the course is spoken pronunciation, the students are given the opportunity to practise listening to speech at conversational speed and in a variety of English accents.

Media

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Literature

English Pronunciation in Use Advanced Author: Hancock, Mark Publisher: Cambridge University Press Format: Paperback ISBN-10: 0521693764 (CD) ISBN-13: 978-0521693769 (book)

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

Students' final grades will be calculated as 50% homework and 50% final exam. The homework includes recording exercises in order to determine areas of weakness, so the instructor can provide individual feedback and exercises. Homework is assigned each week; the final exam is administered during the last class meeting. Duration of the final examination: 60 minutes.
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