General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Refreshment 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 2023/2024 (winter)
Duration 30
USOS code RCB 11


Starting Oct 18th Międzychodzka 5, Room 112

Group 1 3-4.30pm 

Group 2 4.45-6.15pm 

Module aim (aims)

To refresh production of English sounds, rhythm, stress and fluency of speech. 

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

Students should have basic knowlege of phonetics, English B2 and higher. 


The detailed content of the syllabus will be adjusted to the problematic areas of the students' performance. 

Week 1: Introductory class. 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: Short vowels: overview and practice.

Week 8: Weak forms and rhythm. Fluency practice 
Week 9: Long vowels: overview and practice.

Week 10: Long vowels cont. Short/long contrast. 
Week 11: Rules for word stress. Practice. 
Week 12: Rhythm. Linking and assimilation.
Week 13: Linking and assimilation.
Week 14: Linking cont.

Week 15: Course sum up and feedback.

Reading list

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

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