Faculties and centres
This course is a follow-up to the first-year pronunciation course and aims to provide advanced training in pronunciation skills as well as an advanced understanding of the core principles and topics of English phonetics and phonology. The course covers all the main aspects of English pronunciation at both segmental and suprasegmental levels and focusses on the description of the basic features of present-day RP. In order to gain a thorough understanding of pronunciation, students are also provided training in phonemic transcription and are required to analyse samples of deviant spoken discourse. Because most students taking this course wish to pursue a career as teachers of English as a Foreign Language, particular attention is drawn to major issues in the teaching and assessment of pronunciation, including FL phonetic learning processes and correction techniques.
1. To provide advanced pronunciation training.
2. To enhance students’ phonemic transcription skills by having them transcribe written and spoken texts; the style of RP adopted in the transcribed texts is what is commonly known as 'slow colloquial'.
3. To equip students with the ability to identify the specific phonetic and phonemic features of RP in a range of styles, with an emphasis on innovations.
4. To provide practice in the description and analysis of the phonemic and phonetic characteristics of connected speech.
5. To provide practical training in the identification and analysis of regional/social accents and those aspects of pronunciation that are subject to stylistic variation.
6. To develop skills for identifying, assessing and addressing pronunciation problems specific to Spanish-speaking learners of English.