General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Refreshment Course on British Pronunciation: Intonation with elements of voice management
Language English
Module lecturer mgr Agata Rataszewska
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position senior lecturer
Faculty Faculty of Educational Studies
Semester 2024/2025 (summer)
Duration 30
USOS code 11-RCBP-11a


2 groups

Module aim (aims)

To raise Students' awareness of importance of intonation

To encourage Students to use different patterns of intonation

To practice vocal skills in public speaking

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

Students' level of English B2

willingness to experiment with voice

social skills

basic knowledge of using online resources


Week 1: Introductory class. Information on credit requirements. Recordings.
Week 2: Recording analysis. How does the voice work?
Week 3: English sounds characteristics: easy onset vs. hard glottal attack, voicing.

Week 4: Linking and assimilation.

Week 5: Tonic syllable and main intonation patterns. 
Week 6: Highlighting cont.

Week 7: The Falling Tone: Telling. 
Week 8: The Falling and Fall Rise Tone: Telling and referring. 
Week 9: Revision, question tags.

Week 10: The Rise Tone: Roles and status of speakers

Week 11: Low Key Information.

Week 12: Contrast. The Rise fall patterns

Week 13: Revision and practice.

Week 14: Pitch, intonation and voice quality in public speaking. Examples.
Week 15: Five Voices. Course sum up and feedback. 

Reading list

Bradford B. 1992. Intonation in Context, Cambridge: CUP

Brazil D. 1994, Pronunciation for Advanced Learners, Cambridge: CUP

Maley A. 2000, The Language Teacher’s Voice, Macmillan Education

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

Richter B et all, 2017. The Voice Insight into the Physiology of Singing and Speaking, Helbling,

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

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

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

Wells J.C., 2006, English Intonation, An Introduction. Cambridge: CUP

Wells J.C. 2014. Sounds interesting. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.