H90 - English pronunciation in Use
Darrera actualització: 12/05/2010
The study of English pronunciation includes two main dimensions: on the one hand, the analysis of the phonemic system, that is, identifying and describing the phonemes of English (the so-called segmental phonology) and, on the other hand, the study of connected speech, intonation, accent and rhythm, known as suprasegmental phonology or prosody.
The H90 module focuses on the suprasegmental aspects of English pronunciation, and also offers a review of the most relevant aspects of segmental phonology.
The subject is aimed at English Philology students who are required, as an essential condition, to have passed the H09 module. At least, an intermediate level of English is necessary for the objectives of the course to be fully achieved.
-To revise English pronunciation and to correct bad pronunciation habits, with a special focus on particularly difficult words and suffixes.
-To acquire sound knowledge of and to recognise/reproduce the most common features of connected speech.
-To recognise the functions of prosodic phenomena such as tonic syllables, sentence stress, and intonation patterns.
-To understand intonation patterns, and to interpret attitudinal meanings.
-To study English pronunciation, both R.P. and American standard, in specific communicative situations.
-To gain fluency in the English language and sound more native-like.
The module mainly consists of practical classes, both in the lecture hall and in the computer room/language laboratory. The textbook for the course, which also contains a CD pack, is: Bowler, B. & S. Cunningham (1999) New Headway Pronunciation. Intermediate. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Online resources recommended by the teacher are an essential component of the course. Students are also required to visit the Aula Virtual on a regular basis, where links to recommended websites are activated.
85% attendance is required due to the practical nature of the course. Autonomous study and intensive practice are highly encouraged to achieve the objectives of the module.
After intensive practice linked to the contents of the course, assessment will consist of a recording of texts and a personal interview which includes a pronunciation test. Regular attendance (at least 85%) is compulsory and constitutes an essential prerequisite to sit the final exam.
Temari de teoria
1. Revision of segmental phonology: The sounds of English.
2. Function words. Strong and weak forms: The ‘schwa’.
3. Connected speech: Assimilation, elision and juncture.
4. Suprasegmental phonology: Intonation and sentence stress.
5. Intonation patterns and their function: statements, questions (Wh-, Yes-No, tags), commands and interjections.
6. General revision of English pronunciation.
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