I. Course Description
This course introduces students to the study of articulatory phonetics, and the
technical terms required for describing speech. It provides students with the basic
notions of phonetic transcription and the set of symbols for transcribing English and
Arabic. The main emphasis is on acquiring the practical ability to make and hear
differences between sounds and to identify common pronunciation problems. The
specific aim of the course is to provide students with a solid foundation for the study
of the sound patterns of English and to help them master the basic notions of
II. Course Instructional Goals & Objectives
Students are expected to demonstrate three kinds of skills/knowledge.
1. accurate phonetic transcription
2. Knowledge of facts
3. explanation and application of concepts
The specific aim of the course is to provide students with a solid foundation for the
study of the sound patterns of English. This is largely a practical course and students
are thus introduced to the phonetic classification of the sounds of speech by means
of a series of simple introspective experiments carried out inside their own vocal
tracts, their throats, and mouths. By actually making sounds and attending to the
muscular sensations that accompany their production students can discover how
they are produced and learn how to describe and classify them. Students are
encouraged to listen carefully and to notice differences in pronunciations. By the end
of the course, students will be able to:
1. Define the technical terms required to describe speech.
2. Describe the physiology of speech.
3. Illustrate and name the vocal organs.
4. Identify the symbols for transcription.
5. Identify place of articulation
6. Identify manner of articulation
7. Illustrate sounds represented by IPA symbols.
8. Distinguish between English vowels
9. Distinguish between English consonants
10. Provide single phonetic characteristics of segments.
11. Provide accurate broad and narrow transcription
12. Identify and correct specific pronunciation problems.
13. Apply basic phonological rules for English consonant allophones.
14. Label and reproduce articulatory diagrams of consonants and vowel sounds.
15. Identify simple phonological processes, assimilation, deletion, insertion.
16. Identify common occurring vowels and consonants
IV. Course Content
The vocal organs
Places of articulation
The oral-nasal process
Manners of articulation
The articulation of vowel sounds
2-Phonology and phonetic transcription
The transcription of consonants
The transcription of vowels
Consonant and Vowel charts
3-The consonants of English
Rules for English Consonant allophones
V. Course Material
TEXT BOOK: Peter Lodefoged, A Course in Phonetics, Fourth edition. 2005
(available at Jarir)
Ladefoged's website. Contains all the chapters in his textbook and all