Foreign languages and cultures
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Giulia Valeri
  • Giulia Valeri
  • 36 ore - Giulia Valeri
Course Regulation
Coorte 2021
Learning activities
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Academic discipline
Type of study-unit
Type of learning activities
Attività formativa monodisciplinare
Language of instruction
Phonetics and Phonology of English, phonetic transcription of vowels and consonants, aspects of spoken language, the syllable and intonation of English, and the functions of intonation.
Reference texts
Phonetics and Phonology di Peter Roach, Cambridge University Press, 2009;
Manuale di Pronuncia Inglese di Gianfranco Porcelli, Frances Hotimsky, Sugarco Edizioni, 1997.
Educational objectives
Ability to reproduce and analyze the intonation of the English language. The course has a cumulative approach, starting from the smallest units, from the analysis of vowels and consonants, up to the phonetic analysis of the word, and then approaching phonology. The student will be able to actively understand the international phonetic alphabet, will be able to transcribe English sounds and read the phonetic transcriptions. They will be illustrated, with examples of language, phonology at the level of stress on the word, the intonation of the sentence and related speech, and contextual aspects.
In order to be able to understand and to deal with the course the student must possess the general notions related to the courses: English Language I and English Language II; level B2+. This prerequisite is valid for both attending and non-attending students.
Teaching methods
Lectures that will focus on issues related to the theory of phonetics and phonology for both reading and transcription of English.
Practice of listening and analysis of texts.
Other information
The foreign language courses consist not only of the official course of the teacher (the only one that "assigns" credits) but also of the laboratory exercises and activities, both held at the Centro Linguistico Ateneo (CLA).
Attendance at CLA is highly recommended.
In order to take the English Language III exam you must have completed English Language I and II; and it is also mandatory to have taken the exam at CLA before you can complete the exam in the English Language III department.

The result of the exam is calculated with the exam performed at the CLA.
In addition we recommend: Anglo American literature and German Philology.

Students will follow a theoretical part on language linguistics and translatological reflection of six-month and/or annual duration, and a practical part, given at the CLA, of annual duration (80 hours) in language learning exercises. The objective of the exercises is to achieve a level of language proficiency [C1 third year, in this case].
Students who hold an international language certification obtained no more than two years are not exempt from the knowledge test held at the end of the annual training courses held at the CLA. This verification is mandatory in order to take the exam with the teacher at the Department.
Learning verification modality
There are quizzes in progress and final written/oral exams. The pop quizzes are in the form of closed/open questions, the results will give extra points to be added to the final vote and are not mandatory. Each student will have to take the final written test - with closed answers (mulitple choice, true/false) and open answers, followed by an open oral final exam that will cover the ways of the course.
Duration of the tests: the quizzes in progress will be 30 minutes, the written tests will be an hour and a half, and the oral tests will vary from 10 to 20 minutes.

For information on support services for students with disabilities and/or DSA visit http://www.unipg.it/disab-e-dsa
Extended program
Phonetics and Phonology by Peter Roach, Cambridge University Press, 2009;
1° module - Chapters 1 - 7 Production of speech sounds, vowels, consonants, phonemes, phonetic transcription
2° module - Chapters 8 -14 Syllables, stress, weak forms, aspects of connected speech
3° module - Chapters 15 -19 Intonation and functions
Manuale di Pronuncia Inglese by Gianfranco Porcelli, Frances Hotimsky, Sugarco Edizioni, 1997.
1° module - Chapters 1 - 4 Phonetic transcription- exercises, vowels, consonants, minimal pairs
2° module - Chapters 5 -7 Reading and Transcribing Sentences
3° module - Chapters 8 -12 intonation, rhythm, phonological cohesion.
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