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Module Code: LNG101
Module Title: Sounds of English
Module Level: Level 1
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2021/22
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: Department of Applied Linguistics
Pre-requisites: N/A
• To enable students to discover how sounds are articulated and how pronunciation works;

• To develop students’ skills in recognising, classifying and producing individual sounds and connected speech;

• To familiarize students with the International Phonetic Alphabet and the basics of phonetic transcription;

• To provide students with a theoretical understanding of intonation patterns of British English;

• To raise students’ awareness of the phonological differences between British English and Chinese;

• To demonstrate the major differences between the phonological systems of inner circle’ Englishes (USA, UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand).
Learning outcomes 
At the conclusion of this module, students should be able to

a) show an understanding of speech articulation;

b) demonstrate knowledge of the phonological system of British English;

c) demonstrate familiarity with the International Phonetic Alphabet;

d) demonstrate familiarity with the principles of phonetic transcription and perform simple broad phonetic transcription tasks;

e) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the major phonological differences between English and Chinese;

f) transcribe and annotate short stretches of connected speech;

g) identify differences between varieties of ‘inner circle’ Englishes;

h) reflect critically on their own pronunciation patterns.
Method of teaching and learning 
The teaching sessions are divided into three components (Lectures, Tutorials and Classes in multimedia environment).



Classes and study sessions in multimedia environment
Topics covered generally include:

• Overview of the anatomy and physiology of speech production;

• English vowel and consonant sounds;

• Phonetic representation of English vowels and consonants: IPA;

• Patterns of word stress;

• Connected speech: stress, prominence and rhythm;

• Intonation patterns in English and their functions;

• Major contrastive features between English and Chinese phonological systems;

• Overview of Englishes: major phonological differences;

• Asian Englishes from the ‘outer circle’: major phonological characteristics.

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26     13      111  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Final Exam-Written Part 50.00
2 Project 30.00
3 Listening Assessment 20.00

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