Certificate in Phonetics & Phonology

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Certificate in Phonetics & Phonology

A level-five certificate in phonetics and phonology endorsed by TQUK


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1. Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology

– Definition and distinction between phonetics and phonology

– The study of language sounds

– Speech production and perception

– Three main branches of phonetics: articulatory, acoustic, and auditory

– Phonological concepts: phonemes, allophones, and minimal pairs

2. Basic Principles of Articulation and Speech Sounds

– The vocal tract: organs involved in speech production

– Properties of speech sounds: place, manner, and voicing of articulation

– Classification of speech sounds: vowels and consonants

– Phonetics transcription using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)

3. English Consonants and Vowels

– Consonants: stops, fricatives, affricates, nasals, liquids, and glides

– Vowels: monophthongs and diphthongs

– The IPA symbols for English consonants and vowels

– Short and long vowels in English

4. Phonetic and Phonemic Systems

– Differences between the phonetic and phonemic transcriptions

– Identifying phonemes and allophones

– Phonotactics: permissible combinations of phonemes in a language

– The syllable: structure and types in English

5. Dialects, Accents, and Varieties of English 

– Differences between dialects, accents, and varieties of English

– Regional and social accents

– Examples of some major English accents: British, American, Australian, etc.

– The role of sociolects and idiolects in language variation

6. Intonation and Rhythm

– The role of pitch, stress, and duration in intonation and rhythm

– Tonal patterns in English: rising, falling, and level tones

– Functions of intonation: attitudinal, grammatical, and informational

– Rhythmic patterns in English: stress-timed vs. syllable-timed languages

7. Features of Connected Speech

– Assimilation, elision, and liaison

– Reduction and simplification of speech sounds

– Weak and strong forms of words

– Schwa: the most common vowel sound in unstressed syllables

8. Stress in Words and Sentences

– Syllable stress in words: rules and patterns

– Primary, secondary, and tertiary stress

– Sentence stress and prominence

– Rhythm in spoken language

9. Applying Phonetics and Phonology in Teaching

– Analysing learners’ pronunciation errors

– Teaching strategies for improving pronunciation

– Integrating phonetics and phonology in the language classroom

– Corrective feedback and error correction

10. Teaching Pronunciation

– Techniques for teaching segmental features: consonants and vowels

– Activities for teaching suprasegmental features: stress, intonation, and rhythm

– Minimal pair drills, shadowing, and other pronunciation exercises

– Evaluating learners’ pronunciation progress

11. Teaching Phonics

– The importance of phonics in language learning and development

– Decoding strategies and letter-sound relationships

– Types of phonics approaches: synthetic, analytic, and embedded

– Phonics activities and games for various age groups

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Annual Timetable
Start DateEnd DateTimesYearStudy ModeRegistration
18 December14 FebruaryMon & Wed 7 PM - 10 PM2023 - 2024OnlineOpen
1 July21 AugustMon & Wed 7 PM - 10 PM2024OnlineOpen