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Phonetics 1


									              Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The National Commission for Academic Accreditation &


                 Revised March 2007

                                 Course Specification
For Guidance on the completion of this template, please refer to                       of Handbook 2
Internal Quality Assurance Arrangements

 Institution                 Umm Al-Qura University

 College/Department College of Arts and Management Sciences / Department of English

A Course Identification and General Information

 1. Course title and code: Phoentics1 Code: 2503115-2

 2. Credit hours: TWO
 3. Program(s) in which the course is offered.
 (If general elective available in many programs indicate this rather than list programs)

  It is not a general course. It is offered in the BA Program of our college.
 4. Name of faculty member responsible for the course
     Mrs. Rehab Muhammad Al-Subhi

 5. Level/year at which this course is offered: Level 1
 6. Pre-requisites for this course (if any)

 7. Co-requisites for this course (if any) : Phoentics2 in level 2 / then Phonology in level 4

 8. Location if not on main campus

B Objectives

 1. Summary of the main learning outcomes for students enrolled in the course.
 1- Familiarize students with organs of speech and airstream mechanisms.
 2- Help students grasp the principles of vowel classification.
 3- Develop students' skills in writing and reading vowels using the IPA.
 4- Improve students' pronunciation of English vowels in words and sentences.

 2. Briefly describe any plans for developing and improving the course that are being implemented. (eg
 increased use of IT or web based reference material, changes in content as a result of new research in
 the field)
 1- The students should be linked to a special website such as BBC to learn more about the English
 language from native speakers.
 2- The book is fine but the students need more of clarification pictures or diagrams in their book because
 they are learning the organs of speech and air stream mechanism.

C. Course Description (Note: General description in the form to be used for the Bulletin or
Handbook should be attached)

 1 Topics to be Covered

                                       Topic                                            No of      Contact
                                                                                        Weeks       hours
                                                                                         1            2
 Introduction to the course

                                                                                           2          2
 The production of speed sounds: Articulators above the larynx

                                                                                           3          2
 The production of speed sounds: Vowel and Consonant / part: 1

 The production of speed sounds: Vowel and Consonant / part: 2                             4          2

 The production of speed sounds: English short vowels                                      5          2

                                                                                           6          2
 Long and short vowels

                                                                                           7          2

 Triphthongs                                                                               8          2

 2 Course components (total contact hours per semester): 26 hours

Lecture: 20 hours          Tutorial: 4 hours            Practical/Fieldwork/Inte   Other:
                                                        rnship: 2

3. Additional private study/learning hours expected for students per week. (This should be an average
:for the semester not a specific requirement in each week)

2-3 hours per-week

4. Development of Learning Outcomes in Domains of Learning

For each of the domains of learning shown below indicate:

        A brief summary of the knowledge or skill the course is intended to develop; listening and
         speaking skills.

        A description of the teaching strategies to be used in the course to develop that knowledge or
         skill; outlining, explaining listening to tapes, repetition.

        The methods of student assessment to be used in the course to evaluate learning outcomes in
         the domain concerned. weekly evaluation (written and oral), oral and written exams.

a. Knowledge

(i) Description of the knowledge to be acquired

1- The students will know the difference between phonetics and phonology.

2-The students will know the English phonemes and differentiate between (vowel and consonant).
2- The students will know the difference between short and long vowels.
3- The students will know the difference between; long vowels, diphthongs and tripthongs.
4- The students will know the IPA system (International Phonetic Alphabet).

(ii) Teaching strategies to be used to develop that knowledge

         1- outlining, explaining listening to tapes, repetition.
         2- Using recorded material for listening and speaking.
         3- Enhancing the students speech through the use of computer programs and
            the internet.
         4- Showing vowels articulation in power point program.

(iii) Methods of assessment of knowledge acquired

.weekly evaluation (written and oral), oral and written exams.

b. Cognitive Skills

(i) Cognitive skills to be developed

1- the students should learn that recognition comes before production:
For example: the students should recognize the sound of each letter alone, then should
recognize the word alone, then should recognize the sentence alone. Accordingly, they
can produce first the letter sound alone, the word sound alone, then the sentence.

(ii) Teaching strategies to be used to develop these cognitive skills

    1- Classifying vowels and consonants, then long and short vowels, then diphthongs and
    2- Using minimal pairs like (I/e) to differentiate between the long and short vowels, long vowels
       and diphthongs and triphthongs.

(iii) Methods of assessment of students cognitive skills

Oral repeating and writing transcription of the letters isolated or within words.

c. Interpersonal Skills and Responsibility

(i) Description of the interpersonal skills and capacity to carry responsibility to be developed

1- The students will learn to be independent learners and visit some online websites that teach phonetics
such as BBC website.
2- The students will train themselves to be responsible regarding having weekly plan for listening and
speaking practices at home.
3-The students will learn to write their own summary while studying weekly and presenting that
summary to their teacher and peers in class so as to gain social responsibilty.

(ii) Teaching strategies to be used to develop these skills and abilities

Encouraging the students to exert more efforts by giving them short assignments to apply productive

(iii) Methods of assessment of students interpersonal skills and capacity to carry responsibility

Through discussion and

d. Communication, Information Technology and Numerical Skills

(i) Description of the skills to be developed in this domain.

(ii) Teaching strategies to be used to develop these skills

(iii) Methods of assessment of students numerical and communication skills

e. Psychomotor Skills (if applicable)

(i) Description of the psychomotor skills to be developed and the level of performance required

Vowels articulation needs some practices.

(ii) Teaching strategies to be used to develop these skills

The students should imitate the teacher and repeat the sounds orally. Trying to touch or locate the place
of the sound.

(iii) Methods of assessment of students psychomotor skills

    1- Giving the students some diagrams to locate the sound places.

    2- Also, through listening to their pronunciation of any word in the class or outside the class.

 5. Schedule of Assessment Tasks for Students During the Semester

 Assess      Assessment task (eg. essay, test, group project, examination       Week due        Proportion
 ment        etc.)                                                                              of Final
 1           First quiz                                                         7th week

 2           Second quiz                                                        11th week

 3           General revision                                                   12th week

 4           Oral final exam                                                    13th week

 5           Written final exam                                                 14th week




D. Student Support

1. Arrangements for availability of faculty for individual student consultations and academic advice.
(include amount of time faculty are available each week)

The students are supported with the free time of the teacher so as to consult her in the office. Also, they can
contact the teacher via mobile or internet if that was urgent.

E Learning Resources

 1. Required Text(s)
 Roach, Peter. 2000.English phonetics and phonology (3 rd edition). Cambridge: Cambridge University

 2. Essential References

 Lujan, Beverly. 2004. The American Accent guide (2 nd edition) Salt Lake City.

 Lingual Arts. Yates, Jean. 1995. Pronounce it perfectly in English. Barron's educational series, Inc.

 3- Recommended Books and Reference Material (Journals, Reports, etc) (Attach List)

  Digital books on phonetics such as:

 Learn to speak English. 1995. The learning company.

 English pro. 1998. Eduverse.

 4-.Electronic Materials, Web Sites etc

 5- Other learning material such as computer-based programs/CD, professional standards/regulations

F. Facilities Required

 Indicate requirements for the course including size of classrooms and laboratories (ie number of seats in
 classrooms and laboratories, extent of computer access etc.)
 The course should be give in 3 hours divided into two lectures. One lecture in rooms equipped with data
 show for having a theoretical lecture. The other lecture should be in the lab for the application. It should
 also be supplied with data show and lab good facilities.
 1. Accommodation (Lecture rooms, laboratories, etc.)

 Equipped laboratory

 2. Computing resources

 Computer access and internet access as well.

 3. Other resources (specify --eg. If specific laboratory equipment is required, list requirements or attach

 Digital recorders.

G Course Evaluation and Improvement Processes

 1 Strategies for Obtaining Student Feedback on Effectiveness of Teaching

 Through weekly discussion and written suggestions.

 2 Other Strategies for Evaluation of Teaching by the Instructor or by the Department

 Workshops with specialists in the course.

3 Processes for Improvement of Teaching

Reading about the course methods of teaching online.

4. Processes for Verifying Standards of Student Achievement (eg. check marking by an independent
faculty member of a sample of student work, periodic exchange and remarking of a sample of
assignments with a faculty member in another institution)

Through exams

5 Describe the planning arrangements for periodically reviewing course effectiveness and planning for

Through discussion with the students, and colleagues.


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