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									                                 YEREVAN STATE LINGUISTIC UNIVERSITY AFTER V. BRUSOV

                                                             COURSE GUIDE
                                                                  II Year
                                                                  II Term
                                                       Practical Phonetics of English




     Instructor-S. Gyurjayanc, Ph.D., Ass. Prof
     Chair - the Chair of English Phonetics and Grammar

     Phone - 53-16-18 (1-20)
     e-mail -english@brusov.am


Description:
             This course is designed for further mastering the students’ pronunciation skills. It presupposes more detailed information on
different subsystems of the phonetic system of English especially English intonation and rhythm. As second-year students you are
supposed to develop your listening skills on the basis of more complicated listening materials including texts of different intonational
styles. Special attention will be paid to the further improvement of your pronunciation and listening skills and the development of your
communicative skills.


Objective:
             This is a practical course whose purpose is to provide you with the further knowledge of the specific features of the English
phonetic system and to master your pronunciation and listening skills.
Course policies include
     1)      Grading policy;
     2)      Attendance and participation policy;
     3)      Academic honesty and behaviour.


     1)      Grading policy. The course grade is determined by attendance, participation, out-of-class and in-class assignments and written
             tests. You will be graded according to the organization and delivery of your speech.
             Each unit includes the following component grading.


                 Component 1 (µ1)                     Attendance                                                        10
                 Component 2 (µ2)                     Theory/Test                                                       30
                 Component 3 (µ3)                     Phonetic analysis/ Exercises                                      30
                 Component 4 (µ4)                     Texts/Dialogues                                                   30

                                                           Total                                                  100


     At the end of each term the results are summarized in terms of GPA (Grade Point Average) and ECTS (European Credit Transfer
System).


Rating grade                          Credit grade (ԹԳ)                   Letter grade
             (ՎԳ)                                                         (ՏԳ)


97                  100               4.0
                                                                              A
90                  96                3.7
                                                                                                          Passing grades
85                  89                3.3
80                 84                 3.0                                   B
70                 79                 2.7                                   C

65                 69                 2.3                                   D

60                 64                 2.0                                   E
55                 59                 1.7                                   Fx                 Fail - some extra work needed

Less than 55                                                                F                  Fail – considerable further work
                                                                                                         required



2) Attendance and participation are vital and will be used to determine a portion of your grade. Your promptness is appreciated and
noted. If you are late up to 10 minutes, please enter quietly. If you are later more than 10 minutes, please do not enter. Six unexcused
absences will result in failing this course.
Classroom conduct is to be professional, courteous and supportive. Cell phones, pager and other equipment are to be turned off when
you come to class. Disruptive behavior will reduce your grade by 10%.
3) Academic honesty and behaviour. Cheating in any form is a serious offence followed by serious consequences. It will not be tolerated
and the result is your failure in this course.


Tentative Schedule: I term - September 1- January 25 (weeks 1-20)
                         II term – February 7 – June 25 (weeks 1-20)

The schedule is obligatory for the students. The instructor may use any additional material he/she finds necessary and change the
deadline.
     Week                     Theme                              Practical Material                     Listening
1.          Revision.                                      “A Canary for One”
            Subsidiary variants of English phonemes:
            modification of English consonants (4)
                                                           Ex 1-2 ( 1: p. 181)
                                                           Dialogues on weak forms: (2:
                                                           31)

2           English Intonation: Rhythm                     Ex 6-29 (p. 193)               “Caroline arrives” (3)
            (1) Ch IX, pp.86-89)                           “A Canary for One” (4)

            Intonation of Parenthesis (Ch. XVIII, p.       Ex. (p. 219-220) (1)
            165)
                                                           Dialogues on weak forms: (2:
                                                           32)

3           Subsidiary variants of English phonemes:       Ex. 1, 2 (p. 181) (1)          Listening 1 (4)
            modification of English vowels (4)
                                                           Dialogues on weak forms: (1:
                                                           33)

4           The Syllabic Structure of English Ch. IX,       Ex. 1-2 (p. 182), 6-29 (p.
            pp 86-89) (1)                                  193) (1)
                                                           Dialogues on weak forms: (2:
                                                           34, 35)



5                                                          Written test                   Listening 2 (4)
            Revision


6           Check-Up 1                                     Dialogues on weak forms:
                                                           (2: 26-28)

7           The Accentual Structure of English (Ch.        Ex. 1-6 (p. 182) (1)
            X, p. 89,95) (1)                                                              Listening 3 (4)
                                                           Dialogues on weak forms: (2:
                                                           36, 37)

8           The Accentual Structure of English (Ch.        “Crabbe’s Practice” (4)
            X, p. 89,95) (1)                               Ex. (p. 182) (1)

                                                           Dialogues on weak forms: (2:
                                                           38, 39)

9           Intonation of longer sentences (Ch. XVII)      “Crabbe’s Practice” (4)        Listening 4 (4)
            (1)
                                                           Ex. 1, 2 (p. 218) (1)

                                                           Dialogues on weak forms: (2:
                                                           40)

10          Intonation expressing neutral attitudes (Ch.   Ex. (p.197-211) (1)            “An Outing to Brighton” (3)
            XIV, p. 129-143) (1)
                                                           Dialogues on weak forms: (2:
                                                           41

11          Revision                                       Written Test                   Listening 5 (4)



12          Check-up 2                                     Dialogues on weak forms:
                                                           (2: 29-30)

13          Intonation expressing neutral attitudes (Ch.   Ex. (p.197-211) (2)            “Looking for a Flat” (3)
            XIV, p. 129-143) (1)
                                                            Dialogues on weak forms:
                                                           (2: 42)

14          Intonation expressing non-neutral attitudes    Dialogues on weak forms: (2:
            (Ch. XVI) p. 211-214 (1)                       43)
15                            Revision                                 Dialogues on weak forms: (2:   Listening 6 (4)
                                                                       44)

16                            REVISION                                 Written test


17                            Check-up 3



18                            General Check-up



19                            General Check-up



20                            Summing up




                                                 Content of the Schedule
                                                 II term


     Reading for the course
          1.   Vassilyev V.B.     English Phonetics (A normative course). M., 1978.
          2.   Mortimer, Colin    Elements of Pronunciation. Cambridge, 1994.
          3.   Abbs B., Cook V., Underwood M.         Realistic English. M., 1974.
          4.   Gurjayants S.      Handouts

								
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