This course is designed specifically for future teachers of Primary English ("Frühbeginnender Englischunterricht"). We will focus primarily on the two main standard varieties of spoken English: British Non-Regional Pronunciation, and General American English. The sound systems of these two varieties (i.e. their individual vowels and consonants, and how they interact) will be studied – first for isolated words, then for connected speech. Where it is appropriate, English and German will be compared to each other to highlight teaching/learning difficulties and find possible solutions. While this is not primarily a pronunciation class, the study of phonetics and phonology will help you improve your own pronunciation and equip you with the knowledge needed to guide young learners towards linguistic success. Additionally, we will explore different approaches to the teaching of pronunciation, as well as further theoretical and practical issues the course participants wish to discuss.
The course book (which all students must have) is: Collins, Beverly and Inger M. Mees. 2019. Practical Phonetics and Phonology: A Resource Book for Students. 4th ed. London: Routledge. (ISBN 978-0415506496) – Please make sure you buy this edition!
Recommended reference: Roach, Peter, Jane Setter and John Esling (eds.). 2011. Daniel Jones: Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary. 18th ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.