General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Refrehment Course on British Pronunciation: Sounds, Stress and Rhythm
Language English
Module lecturer mgr Agata Rataszewska
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position senior lecturer
Faculty Faculty of Educational Studies
Semester 2024/2025 (winter)
Duration 30
USOS code 11-RCB-11-a


2 groups

Module aim (aims)

To refresh basics of British Pronunciation

to make Students aware of the influence of their native languages on their English performance

To encourage Students to use Standard English 

To lower Students' inhibitions and fears of public speaking


Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

Student's English level at B2

knowledge of basic learning strategies

knowledge and experience in conventional and e-learning methods

willingness to cooperate with tutor and peers



Week 1: Introductory class. Rules. Information on credit requirements.
Week 2: Individual recordings and comments.

Week 3: Sounds revision: Place and manner of articulation, language specific differences.

Week 4: Plosives: Aspiration and voicing.
Week 5: Fricatives: differences in place and manner of articulation.
Week 6: Fricatives cont. Affricates and nasals.

Week 7: Importance of resonance in a speaker’s voice. Nasal sounds: avoiding vowel nasalization. Extra practice on /ŋ/. 

Week 8: Short vowels: overview and practice.

Week 9: Weak forms and rhythm. Fluency practice 
Week 10: Long vowels: overview and practice.

Week 11: Long vowels cont. Short/long contrast. 
Week 12: Linking
Week 13: Rules for word stress. Practice. 
Week 14: Word and sentence stress cont. Rhythm.

Week 15: Course sum up, feedback and credits.

Reading list

Ponsonby, M. 1990 How Now Brown Cow, Prentice Hall

Sawala K., Szczegóła T., Weckwerth J. 2019. Say it right. Multimedialny kurs wymowy angielskiej. Oficyna Wydawnicza Atena; Poznań

Roach P. 2012 English Phonetics and Phonology, A practical Course, Cambridge: CUP

Underhill Adrian. 2005 Sound foundations. Learning and teaching pronunciation. Oxford: Macmillan Education.

Vaughan-Rees M. 1994 Rhymes and Rhythm Macmillan Publishers Ltd

Vaughan-Rees M. 2003 Test Your: Pronunciation, Penguin English Guides, Pearson Education Limited