This module will be capped at 30.
Students must have successfully completed:
Information for visiting students: The teaching of this module assumes that students are already familiar with the general framework of the International Phonetic Alphabet and the basics of phonetic description, including notions such as coarticulation and secondary articulation. Students on this module also need to have basic competence at phonetic transcription. If you are in any doubt about whether you have an appropriate background for this module, contact the module convenor.
Sp 2-5: Lecture (1 hr)
Sp 7-10: Phonetic observation class (1hr)
Sp 2-5, 7-10: seminars and ear training classes (1 hr/wk)
Su 1-4: seminars and ear training classes (2 hr/wk)
Ear training classes limited to about 15 students; usually
2-3 sessions per cohort.
The practical sessions alternate between seminars and ear training in the spring term, and in the summer term, there is one seminar and one ear training session per week.
In particular, make sure you understand how the IPA can be used, and familiarise yourself with a couple of languages other than English. This will be a very good grounding for the work of the module.
All modules provide an opportunity to work on general oral/written communication skills (in class and in assessments) and general self management (organising your studies), alongside the specific skills in language or linguistics that the module teaches.
In addition, this module will allow you to particularly develop skills in oral communication: the module has an emphasis on oral work, and requires you to present yourself for oral examination in phonetics. Ear-training sessions will help you grow in presenting yourself with confidence.
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