Target group: Intermediate-level students of English Philology
Person responsible: Maritta Riekki (FT)
ECTS Credits: 5 ECTS credits / 135 hours of work
Language of instruction: English
Learning outcomes: Having completed the course, the participants will have developed an understanding of the English sound system, stress patterns, linking sounds and the functions of the English intonation patterns. The participants will have had an opportunity to practice and develop, as well as build confidence, in their skills in English pronunciation and spoken interaction in general. Furthermore, the students will have acquired a greater awareness of various speech registers (e.g. formal/informal; public/nonpublic).
Contents: The course deals with practicing and developing skills in spoken interaction in English. Specifically, the course offers an overview of the English sound segments, stress patterns and linking sounds as well as the pragmatics of English intonation patterns. Brief lectures will be given on the topics, and as homework, the participants will be introduced to various readings on different aspects of spoken interaction. Moreover, the course includes sessions in the language lab to practice various sounds and intonation patterns with a heightened focus on the ones with which the participants have difficulty and/or the ones that have typically been challenging for native speakers of Finnish. Further, the course introduces various in-class tasks and exercises which allow the students to practice informal and formal as well as public and nonpublic speaking with guided independent and collaborative preparation.
Mode of delivery: Workshops; independent study
Learning activities and teaching methods: Workshops, independent reading and preparation
Recommended optional programme components: The course is an independent entity and does not require additional studies carried out at the same time.
Recommended or required reading: To be agreed with the teacher
Assessment methods and criteria: This course utilizes continuous assessment. Active participation in all scheduled workshops and completing all assignments is a fundamental part of completing the course.
Grading: The course utilises a numerical grading scale (1–5). In the numerical scale zero stands for a fail. A detailed description of the assessment criteria will be available in the course workspace.
Other information: The course is compulsory in the Intermediate Studies of English Philology