Course: Phonetics

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Course title Phonetics
Course code KAJ/PHONQ
Organizational form of instruction Seminar + On-line Activities
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction English
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Kořínková Jana, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
The course deals with the most important features of English pronunciation. It also focuses on current models of English pronunciation (RP, BBC English, General American) and phonemic transcription (IPA) and different treatments of aspects of pronunciation in various monolingual and bilingual dictionaries.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming), Work with Text (with Book, Textbook), Methods of Written Work, Demonstration, Activating (Simulations, Games, Dramatization)
  • Homework for Teaching - 3 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of the course is a basic understanding of the segmental and suprasegmental features of English pronunciation in comparison with the Czech pronunciation system and acquisition of comprehensible English pronunciation. Pronunciation practise lessons correspond with the subject matter introduced in more theory-oriented on-line study material.The aim of these seminars is the application of all aspects of pronunciation so that the students are able to improve their pronunciation gradually and use electronic and paper resource materials efficiently when practising and (self-) evaluating their pronunciation.

Proficiency in English at B2.1 and a successful completion of school leaving exam in Czech.

Assessment methods and criteria
Mark, Oral exam, Written exam, Student performance

At least 80% presence in lessons(70% individual study plan students). Continuous requirements: Two written tests during the term (1-segmental pronunciation features, 2-suprasegmental pronunciation features). If one or both tests are failed, there are two more options to pass a credit test, this time, however, covering all the contents of the course. This comprehensive test is also compulsory for students Examination requirements: Mainly practical oral examination will be focused on reading aloud and on answering questions related to the specific pronunciation features of the text. Students are entitled to two retakes. Successful completion of the course requires an adequate performance (minimum of 70% achievement) in all of these.
Recommended literature
  • Opora v LMS Unifor. Phonetics and Phonology 1 for teachers of English, sections I and II. Olomouc.
  • ROACH, PETER. (2009). English Phonetics and Phonology.. Cambridge.
  • VOLÍN, JAN. (2003). IPA-Based Transcription for Czech Students of English. . Praha.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Education English Language in Education (BB16) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Winter
Faculty of Education English Language in Education (BB16) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Winter