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ESOL 0044 - Pronunciation and Articulation of American English

Credits: 2
Hours/Week: Lecture NoneLab None
Course Description: This course, intended for intermediate and advanced students, focuses on and provides practice in articulating the sounds of American English. Classroom and computer-based activities will show how to produce more precise consonants, consonant clusters and vowels. Students will also practice intonation and stress patterns of American English. Students will use the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) to better understand the differences between written and spoken language. This course requires two hours of additional practice in the language lab plus two hours of homework per week.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): None
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: Prior or concurrent enrollment in ESOL 0033 or ESOL 0043.

Major Content
  1. /l/ blends such as (pl, bl, cl)
  2. /r/ and /l/ co-articulation (girl, world)
  3. /r/ blends such as (pr, br, fr)
  4. /s/ and /w/ blends
  5. Auditory discrimination and auditory image
  6. Consonant clusters (spl, spr, str)
  7. Consonant sounds: stops (b, p, t, d, k, g), fricatives( th, f, v, s, z, sh), affricates (ch, j), nasals (m, n, ng), approximates(r, l, y, w)
  8. Final consonants and final blends
  9. Flaps/taps (water), and glottal stops (button)
  10. Flaps/taps (water), and glottal stops (button)
  11. Frequently mispronounced words (work /walk, hungry/angry)
  12. Introduction to a phonetic system (IPA)
  13. Linking and reductions
  14. Linking and reductions
  15. Rate, rhythm, volume and phrasing
  16. Repair strategies in conversation
  17. Sentence melody and stress patterns
  18. Sounds and basic spelling patterns
  19. Voiced/voiceless contrasts
  20. Vowel sounds (16 sounds- long/short, front /back, high/low, diphthongs, etc)
  21. Where grammar and articulation intersect: pronouncing plurals, third person singular, possessives and past tense ¿ed¿

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Implement appropriate strategies to improve comprehensibility.
  2. Analyze personal strengths and weaknesses in pronunciation.
  3. Critique own and others pronunciation.
  4. Identify basic differences between the sound systems of American English and the students own language.
  5. Recognize common speech reductions.
  6. Pronounce words, phrases and sentences using appropriate stress and intonation.
  7. Articulate sounds, syllables, words, phrases and sentences in an intelligible manner.
  8. Connect sounds to basic spelling patterns.
  9. Differentiate the spoken from the written word using the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet).
  10. Identify speaking apparatus, e.g. parts of mouth, etc.

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