• Knowledge of key concepts of theories of L2 phonological acquisition
• An understanding of major parameters underlying the acquisition of pronunciation skills
• Knowledge of key concepts regarding the methodology of teaching pronunciation to EFL learners
• Ability to design a pronunciation syllabus for the teaching of pronunciation after critical evaluation of relevant factors affecting its design
• Ability to design materials for the teaching of pronunciation within a communicative framework
• Knowledge of segmental and suprasegmental aspects of English
• Knowledge of basic features of the Greek segmental and suprasegmental system
• The ability to compare and contrast aspects of the English and Greek phonetic/phonological systems and identify areas of potential difficulty in the pronunciation of English by Greek learners
• Knowledge of the phonetic symbols and diacritics used to represent the sounds, stress and intonation of English
• The ability to do a phonetic transcription of sentences in English using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course aims to (a) provide a description of major features of English pronunciation (especially the Standard Southern British variety) and (b) discuss important methodological issues in the teaching of English pronunciation to foreign (Greek) learners. The course begins with a discussion of the role of pronunciation in several major language teaching methods and an examination of major factors underlying the effective teaching and acquisition of pronunciation skills. The course proceeds to a discussion of methodological issues and techniques used in the teaching of English vowels, consonants, stress, intonation, rhythm and connected speech processes. An analysis of these aspects of English pronunciation is provided and a comparison is made to major features of Greek pronunciation. Similarities and differences between the two systems are discussed and areas of potential difficulty for Greek learners of English are identified. The course contains an extensive practical component involving (a) transcription of English sentences, (b) listening to CDs and tapes with exercises that give practice in listening discrimination, production and transcription. Students will also have the opportunity to work in groups for a research project in materials design for the teaching of pronunciation. Course handouts and other materials (audio files, videos, internet sites) are uploaded on eclass.
English, phonetics. phonology, pronunciation, teaching methodology
Additional bibliography for study
Celce-Murcia, M., Brinton, D. M. & Goodwin, J. M. & Griner, B. (2010) Teaching Pronunciation. A course book and reference guide. CUP.Kelly, G. (2000) How to Teach Pronunciation. Longman.
Yavas, M. (2011) Applied English Phonology. Oxford: Wiley-Blackewell.
Avery, P. & Ehrlich, S. (1992) Teaching American English Pronunciation. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Brazil, D. (1997) The Communicative Value of Intonation in English. CUP.
Carr, P. (1999) English Phonetics and Phonology. An introduction. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.
Fitzpatrick, F. (1995) A Teacher’s Guide to Practical Pronunciation. Phoenix ELT.
Fraser, H. (2001) Teaching Pronunciation: A Handbook for Teachers and Trainers. Sydney: TAFE Access Division.
Gimson, A. C. (1994)  An introduction to the pronunciation of English (revised by A. Cruttenden). London: Edward Arnold.
Ioup, G. & Weinberger, S. H. (eds) (1987) Interlanguage Phonology: The acquisition of a Second Language Sound System. New York: Newbury House.
Jenkins, J. (2000) The Phonology of English as an International Language. Oxford: Oxford University press.
Jones, D. (2003) English Pronouncing Dictionary. Edited by Roach, P., Hartman, J. & Setter, J. Cambridge University Press.
Kenworthy, J. (1987) Teaching English Pronunciation. London: Longman.
Kenworthy, J. (2000) The Pronunciation of English: A Workbook. London: Arnold.
Leather, J. (ed) (1999) Phonological issues in language learning. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.
Pennington, M. C. (1996) Phonology in English Language Teaching. London: Longman.
Roach, P. (2001) English Phonetics and Phonology: a practical course (2nd edn). Cambridge University Press.
Wells, J. (2000) Longman Pronounciation Dictionary. London: Longman.