AJ1201 Phonetics and Phonology A

Faculty of Education
Autumn 2021
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 2 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Taught online.
Mgr. Irena Headlandová Kalischová, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Filip Pultar (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Irena Headlandová Kalischová, Ph.D.
Department of English Language and Literature - Faculty of Education
Contact Person: Jana Popelková
Supplier department: Department of English Language and Literature - Faculty of Education
None except for enthusiasm.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
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Course objectives
The aim of the course is to raise the student's awareness of problems a Czech student (and future teacher) of English can have in the area of individual sounds.Potential problems are identified and intesively dealt with in the form of school and home drills based on printed worksheets. An integral part of the course is individual home practice and individual work with the student during specialised consultations.
The notion of phoneme is introduced and the phonetic alphabet presented and further practised in phonemic transcriptions which are checked and commented on thoroughly at the beginning of each lesson with special regard to the acoustic differences of sounds existing in both languages.
Learning outcomes
Students will be able to distinguish basic types of English sounds, imitate individual sounds, transcribe simple utterances as well as complex written texts. They will understand the basic notion of the function of suprasegmental features of spoken Englih, i.e. intonation, rhythm and linking.
  • The following areas will be covered: - Introduction, phonetic alphabet. - Sound schwa. - English "open e" in contrast with the English "close e" and with the Czech "e". - English vowels "i" x "i:" and "u" x "u:". - English vowels in words like "cup" x "card", "hot" x "hall". - English diphthongs in words like "go", "here", "there". - Pronunciation of endings (past tense, plural),voiced consonants at the end of words. - English voiced and voiceless "th" - English velar "n" (ng); "v" x "w"; "r". - English "h", aspiration, dark "l" x clear "l".
    required literature
  • Nepublikovaná sada pracovních listů
    recommended literature
  • BAKER, Ann. Ship or sheep? : an intermediate pronunciation course. Illustrated by Leslie Marshall. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1981. v, 168. ISBN 052128354X. info
  • ROACH,P.English Phonetics and Phonology.Cambridge:Cambridge university Press,2000.ISBN 0-521-78613-14
  • O'CONNOR,J.D. Sounds English.Longman,1991.ISBN 0-582-01439-5
  • Internet course containing the audio versions of the worksheets
Teaching methods
practical application of theoretical input, i.e. controlled practice, drills, transcription practice
Assessment methods
Credit requirements:
active participation in class (together with consistent home practice)
contribution to 1 on-line forum/designing a pronunciation game
3 progress tests
recording graded S (satisfactory) or I (in need of improvement)
pass in a credit test (passmark 70%)
Language of instruction
Follow-Up Courses
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
Note related to how often the course is taught: kombinované studium: výuka v blocích.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: kombinované studium: výuka v blocích.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
Teacher's information
The students are more than welcome to come for individual consultations in case of ANY difficulties concerning the content of the course as the class time available is far from sufficient. All the information above may change depending on the Covid-19 situation in the country.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019, autumn 2020.
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