Course: Contrastive Phonetics

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Course title Contrastive Phonetics
Course code KAA/KOFA
Organizational form of instruction Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction English
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Ivanová Jaroslava, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
Introduction to the field and basic terminology. Vocal anatomy. The International Phonetic Alphabet. Aspects of classification of English and Czech consonants and vowels and their basic properties. Pronunciation of English grammatical endings. Sound and spelling correspondences in English. The syllable in English and Czech. Czech and English stress, connection to word class and morphological structure of words. English and Czech rhythm. English weak forms. English and Czech tones, the structure of tone unit and functions of intonation. Aspects of connected speech in English and Czech.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Methods of individual activities, Skills training
Learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to acquire the knowledge and required skills in the field of segmental and suprasegmental features of current English in view of Czech and contribute to raising an informed awareness of differencies between two languages under scritiny. Hopefully the contrastice approach will result in the improvement of students' pronunciation.
Students will be able to describe in detail mechanisms of speech production and perception, compare the system of English and Czech vowels and consonants, word stress, rhythm, intonation and various other processes found in connected speech. Students will learn to apply their theoretical knowledge into practice. Also students will become familiar with various accents, especially Received Pronunciation.
Maturita graduation from a secondary school certifies the acquisition of basic terminology and spoken and written skills in Czech (C1 in accordance with Common European Framework of Reference) and in English (B1.2 - B2.1 in accordance with Common European Framework of Reference).

Assessment methods and criteria
Written examination

Attendance at seminars - students are allowed to miss two seminars. Written test - minimum 65% and a spoken performance - prezentation.
Recommended literature
  • BOWEN, T.; MARKS, J. The Pronunciation Book. London: Longman, 1992.
  • BRADFORD, B. Intonation in Context. Cambridge: CUP, 1988.
  • CRYSTAL, D. Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics. Oxford: Blackwell, 1991.
  • Cvrček, Václav. Mluvnice současné češtiny.. V Praze: Karolinum, 2010. ISBN 978-80-246-1743-5.
  • GIMSON, A. An Introduction to the Pronunciation of English. London: Arnold, 1980.
  • HEWINGS, M. Pronunciation tasks. Cambrdige: CUP, 1993.
  • JENKINS, J. The Phonology of English as an International Language. Oxford: OUP, 2001.
  • JONES, D. English Pronouncing Dictionary (ed. by P. Roach and J. Hartman). Cambrdige:CUP, 1997.
  • KENWORTHY, J. Teaching English Pronunciation. London:Longman, 1987.
  • O´ CONNOR, J. Better English Pronunciation (2nd ed.). Cambridge:CUP, 2000.
  • O´ CONNOR, J. D.; FLETCHER, C. Sounds English.. London:Longman, 1991.
  • PALKOVÁ, Z. Fonetika a fonologie češtiny. Praha: Karolinum, 1997.
  • ROACH, P. English Phonetics and Phonology. Cambridge:CUP.
  • VOLÍN, J. IPA-Based Transcription for Czech Students of English. Praha:Karolinum.
  • WELLS, J. Longman Pronunciation Dictionary. London: Arnold.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Arts and Philosophy English for Business (2015) Philological sciences 1 Winter
Faculty of Arts and Philosophy English for Business (2013) Philological sciences 1 Winter
Faculty of Arts and Philosophy English for Business (2016) Philological sciences 1 Winter