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  1. Course Code: 4CD232 Instructor: Inga Koehler Required Textbook: Ann Baker, Sharon Goldstein, Pronunciation Pairs, 2nd Ed. Pronunciation Practice

  2. This 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. Course objectives

  3. Week 1 • Course Introduction, Student Expectations, U 1 /iy/ (tea) • Vocabulary with target sound • Dialog (Listening exercise) • Word Stress • Role Play • Spellings for the target sound

  4. Week 2 • Brief review U1 • U2 /ɪ/ (sit) Minimal Pairs sheep-ship • Stress in Numbers • Spellings for the target sound • U3 /ɛ/ (yes) Minimal pairs bill-bell • Falling and Rising Intonation in sentences • Spellings for the target sound

  5. Week 3 • U4 /ey/ (day) Minimal Pairs pen-pain • Dialog (Listening and choral practice) • Sentence Stress • Spelling for the target sound • U 5 /æ/(hat) • Minimal Pairs pen-pan • The most important word • Spellings for the target sound

  6. Week 4 • U 6: Review U1~5 • In this session students have a chance to correct their pronunciation and ask for clarification before Quiz 1 in week 5.

  7. Week 5 • U7 /Ʌ/ (cup) • Minimal Pairs cap-cup • Strong and weak pronunciations • Spellings for the target sound • Quiz 1 – This quiz counts for 15% of the semester final grade.

  8. Week 6 • U8 /ə/ a banana • Vocabulary • /ə/ in unstressed syllables and words • Can and can’t • U9 /ɚ/(letter) • /ɚ/ in Unstressed syllables and words • Intonation in choice questions with or • Spellings for the target sound

  9. Week 6 continued • U10 /ɑ/ (hot) • Minimal Pairs hat-hot • Phrase Groups • Spellings for the target sound

  10. Week 7 • U 11 /ɔ/ (ball) • Minimal Pairs cut-caught • Using stress and intonation to show a contrast • Spellings for the target sound • U12 /ow/ (go) • Minimal Pairs saw-sew • Linking vowel sounds

  11. Week 7 continued • U13 /uw/ (too) • Vocabulary • Stress and pronouns • Spellings for the target sound

  12. Week 8 • U14 /ʊ/ (book) • Minimal Pairs pool-pull • Negative Contractions • Spellings for the target sound • U15 Review of U7~14 • Oral and written exercises to assist student in their final corrections before the midterm exam.

  13. Week 9 • Midterm exam • The exam covers U1~14. It counts for 30% of the semester final grade.

  14. Week 10 U16 //ɑy/ (fine) • Minimal Pairs back-bike • Stress in compound nouns • Spellings for the target sound • U17 /ɔy/ (boy) • Minimal Pairs buy-boy • Sentence Rhythm and Timing • Spellings for the target sound

  15. Week 10 continued • U18 /ɑw/ (house) • Minimal Pairs shot-shout • Stress and linking in phrasal verbs • Spellings for the target sound • U19 and U20 are homework assignments

  16. Week 11 • U21/ɝ/ (word) • Minimal Pairs four-fur, far-fur, shut-bird • Tag questions with falling intonations • Spellings for the target sound • U22/p/ (pop) • Vocabulary • Intonation in lists • Spellings for the target sound

  17. Week 11 continued • U23 /b/ (baby) • Minimal Pairs pear-bears • Stress in compound nouns • Spellings for the target sound

  18. Week 12 • U24 /t/ (two) • Vocabulary • Linking a final consonant • Spellings for the target sound • U25 /d/ (did) • Minimal Pairs time-dime • -ed endings • Spellings for the target sound

  19. Week 13 • U26 /k/ (key) • Vocabulary • Stress in noun phrases with compounds • Spellings for the target sound • U27 /g/ (good) • Minimal Pairs coat-goat • Gonna (going to) • Spellings for the target sound

  20. Week 14 • U28 Review U22~27 • Quiz 2 – This quiz covers U16~27. It counts for 15% of the semester final grade.

  21. Week 15 • U29 /s/ (sun) • Vocabulary • Linking a final consonant cluster • Spellings for the target sound • U30 /s/ (zoo) • Minimal Pairs Sue-zoo • -s endings • Spellings for the target sound

  22. Week 15 continued • U31 /ʃ/ (shoe) • Minimal Pairs Sue-shoe • Linking words with /ʃ/ • Spellings for the target sound

  23. Week 16 • U32 /ʒ/ (television) • Vocabulary • Stress in words with -ion • Spellings for the target sound • U33 /ʧ/ (chips) • Minimal Pairs shop-chop • Silent syllables • Spellings for the target sound

  24. Week 16 continued • U34 /dʒ/ (joke) • Minimal Pairs cheap-jeep • Didja; wouldja; didncha; doncha • Spellings for the target sound

  25. Week 17 • Comprehensive review U1~34 • This review highlights L1-specific difficulties the students have encountered during the course and provides them with coping strategies for the final exam.

  26. Week 18 • Semester final exam. • This exam is comprehensive. It covers U1~34. It counts for 40% of the semester final exam.