Course: Phonetics and Phonology I

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Course title Phonetics and Phonology I
Course code KAJ/7FF1
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 2
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
  • Smolka Vladislav, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
- articulation, articulators and their functions - the system and quality of English vowels, diphthongs and consonants compared to Czech - the syllable and its structure - reduction in unstressed syllables, weak forms - spelling-pronunciation correspondence - irregular pronunciation (common words, personal, geographical and other names) - phonemic transcription - specific problems of English pronunciation in Czech speakers - fundamental concepts of phonology - fundamental concepts of phonology (phoneme, allophone)

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Activating (simulations, games, drama)
  • Class attendance - 26 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The subject focuses on those aspects of English pronunciation, particularly at the segmental level, which are different from Czech and therefore potentially difficult. In addition to theoretical background provided by the lecture, the course aims to improve the student's pronunciation skills and to correct wrong pronunciation habits.
A practical knowledge of the phonological system of English, acquisition of standard, comprehensible pronunciation.
Minimum entry level of English: Intermediate - Upper-Intermediate.

Assessment methods and criteria
Student performance assessment, Combined exam

All examinations and consultations are held in English. Active participation in the seminar, passing grade in partial in-term tests, noticeable improvement in pronunciation skills.
Recommended literature
  • Carley, P., Mees, I. M. & Collins, B. English Phonetics and Pronunciation Practice. London, 2018.
  • Cruttenden, A. Gimson's Pronunciation of English. Eighth Edition.. London, 2014.
  • Gimson, A.C. An Introduction to the Pronunciation of English (výběrově). London, 1989.
  • Ogden, R. An Introduction to English Phonetics.. Edinburgh, 2017.
  • Roach, P. English Phonetics and Phonology. Cambridge, 1991.
  • Skaličková, A. Fonetika současné angličtiny. Praha, 1982.
  • Volín, J. IPA?based transcription for Czech students of English.. Praha, 2002.
  • Wells, J.C. Longman Pronunciation Dictionary (Third edition).. Harlow, 2008.

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