Minor English: Pronunciation and Presentation


Course Objective

Regarding pronunciation, you will be able to describe the 10 most common
difficulties in English pronunciation. You will also be able to describe
the effects of particular pronunciation features on the intelligibility
and credibility of accents, and the importance of pronunciation features
for identity construction.
Regarding presentation, you will be able to strategically apply prosodic
features and conversational patterns in such a way that they will help
you structure and enliven your talk.
By the end of the course, you will be able to adapt features in your own
English pronunciation and you are able to confidently give an oral

Course Content

In the pronunciation module, we will set goals for the English accent
that you wish to develop, both professionally and at a personal level.
We will analyse the 10 most common difficulties in English pronunciation
and the effects that these difficulties may (inadvertently) have on the
intelligibility and credibility of your accent. We will also take
account of features that seem part of your identity. You will do
exercises, practise ear-training and be given tools that help you
analyse English pronunciation features. You will work on features in
your own pronunciation accordingly.
As far as the presentation component is concerned, we will focus on
those aspects of speech (based a.o. on corpus linguistic research) that
help you catch your listener’s attention. Many of these aspects come
naturally in everyday speech, but seem to be forgotten during more
strenuous activities, such as speaking and presenting. This course will
make you more aware of those prosodic features (intonation, voice
quality) and conversational patterns (questions, pauses, repetition) of
speech that you can use to get your message across.

Teaching Methods

Pronunciation: weekly lectures (2 hours) and seminars (1 hour).
Presentation: weekly seminars (3 hours).
The lectures and seminars are supported by audio- and videomaterial.
Students are expected to do weekly readings and assignments.

Method of Assessment

Two recordings of your own pronunciation (50%) and a presentation on an
academic subject (50%). In order to pass the course students must score
a grade of ≥5.5 for each component.


Literature and other materials will be made available on Canvas.
The pronunciation module is accompanied by online materials

Target Audience

Students across the university who wish to work on their English
pronunciation and presentation skills.

Additional Information

80% attendance and submission of the course work is conditional for
being awarded a grade for the recordings and the presentation.

General Information

Course Code L_EABAALG006
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. L.M. Rupp
Examiner dr. L.M. Rupp
Teaching Staff dr. L.M. Rupp
A.J. Gambrel

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Study Group, Lecture
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