Pronunciation PracticeCourse Code: 4CD232Instructor: Inga Koehler
Required Textbook: Ann Baker, Sharon Goldstein, Pronunciation Pairs, 2nd Ed.
Course objectivesThis course aims at helping students at the false beginner level to look at their own accents. During the course the students will practice the vowel and consonant sounds of American English. They will learn about word and sentence stress, and they will work on their intonation patterns. At the end of the course the students will be able to pronounce English in a way that approaches native speakers patterns.
Week 1Course Introduction, Student Expectations, U 1 /iy/ (tea)Vocabulary with target soundDialog (Listening exercise)Word StressRole PlaySpellings for the target sound
Week 2Brief review U1U2 // (sit) Minimal Pairs sheep-shipStress in NumbersSpellings for the target soundU3 // (yes) Minimal pairs bill-bellFalling and Rising Intonation in sentencesSpellings for the target sound
Week 3U4 /ey/ (day) Minimal Pairs pen-painDialog (Listening and choral practice)Sentence StressSpelling for the target soundU 5 //(hat)Minimal Pairs pen-panThe most important word Spellings for the target sound
Week 4U 6: Review U1~5In this session students have a chance to correct their pronunciation and ask for clarification before Quiz 1 in week 5.
Week 5U7 // (cup)Minimal Pairs cap-cupStrong and weak pronunciationsSpellings for the target soundQuiz 1 This quiz counts for 15% of the semester final grade.
Week 6U8 // a bananaVocabulary// in unstressed syllables and wordsCan and cantU9 //(letter) // in Unstressed syllables and wordsIntonation in choice questions with orSpellings for the target sound
Week 6 continuedU10 // (hot)Minimal Pairs hat-hotPhrase GroupsSpellings for the target sound
Week 7U 11 // (ball)Minimal Pairs cut-caughtUsing stress and intonation to show a contrastSpellings for the target soundU12 /ow/ (go)Minimal Pairs saw-sewLinking vowel sounds
Week 7 continuedU13 /uw/ (too)VocabularyStress and pronounsSpellings for the target sound
Week 8U14 // (book)Minimal Pairs pool-pullNegative ContractionsSpellings for the target soundU15 Review of U7~14Oral and written exercises to assist student in their final corrections before the midterm exam.
Week 9Midterm examThe exam covers U1~14. It counts for 30% of the semester final grade.
Week 10U16 //y/ (fine)Minimal Pairs back-bikeStress in compound nounsSpellings for the target soundU17 /y/ (boy)Minimal Pairs buy-boySentence Rhythm and TimingSpellings for the target sound
Week 10 continuedU18 /w/ (house)Minimal Pairs shot-shoutStress and linking in phrasal verbsSpellings for the target soundU19 and U20 are homework assignments
Week 11U21// (word)Minimal Pairs four-fur, far-fur, shut-birdTag questions with falling intonationsSpellings for the target soundU22/p/ (pop)VocabularyIntonation in listsSpellings for the target sound
Week 11 continuedU23 /b/ (baby)Minimal Pairs pear-bearsStressin compound nounsSpellings for the target sound
Week 12U24 /t/ (two)VocabularyLinking a final consonantSpellings for the target soundU25 /d/ (did)Minimal Pairs time-dime-ed endingsSpellings for the target sound
Week 13U26 /k/ (key)VocabularyStress in noun phrases with compoundsSpellings for the target soundU27 /g/ (good)Minimal Pairs coat-goatGonna (going to)Spellings for the target sound
Week 14U28 Review U22~27Quiz 2 This quiz covers U16~27. It counts for 15% of the semester final grade.
Week 15U29 /s/ (sun)VocabularyLinking a final consonant clusterSpellings for the target soundU30 /s/ (zoo)Minimal Pairs Sue-zoo-s endingsSpellings for the target sound
Week 15 continuedU31 // (shoe)Minimal Pairs Sue-shoeLinking words with //Spellings for the target sound
Week 16U32 // (television)VocabularyStress in words with -ionSpellings for the target soundU33 // (chips)Minimal Pairs shop-chopSilent syllablesSpellings for the target sound
Week 16 continuedU34 /d/ (joke)Minimal Pairs cheap-jeepDidja; wouldja; didncha; donchaSpellings for the target sound
Week 17Comprehensive review U1~34This review highlights L1-specific difficulties the students have encountered during the course and provides them with coping strategies for the final exam.
Week 18Semester final exam.This exam is comprehensive. It covers U1~34. It counts for 40% of the semester final exam.