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2014/2015  BA-BEOKO1025U  Sound of English

English Title
Sound of English

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course period Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BA in English and Organisational Communication
Course coordinator
  • Inger Mees - MSC
Main academic disciplines
  • Language and Intercultural Studies
Last updated on 14-08-2014
Learning objectives
Students must demonstrate that they are able to:
  • read phonemic transcription, i.e. show an understanding of sound/spelling relationships
  • classify and describe the English consonants and vowels
  • explain pronunciation problems that are characteristic of learners, for instance, Danish learners
  • describe and/or identify significant pronunciation differences between British (RP) and American (GA) and possibly one other variety of English
  • describe and/or identify significant pronunciation differences between different generations and/or social classes within one particular accent
  • pronounce English maintaining all sound contrasts and with appropriate intonation, stress and rhythm. The pronunciation should not merely be intelligible, but be close to the pronunciation used by native speakers of English.
Sound of English:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Oral Exam
Individual or group exam Individual
Oral examination on the basis of individual 48 hour preparation. A text of max. 1 standard page will be used as the basis for the exam questions. Nothing has to be submitted before the actual exam.

Examination language: English
Duration 20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Summer Term
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure

The course has both a theoretical and a practical component. Students should acquire a systematic knowledge of the pronunciation of English, which includes developing an understanding of the English sound system and learning to read phonemic transcription in order to improve their own pronunciation. In addition, students should have some knowledge of the most significant differences between the British and American standard varieties and other selected varieties in Great Britain and the USA. The course aims to develop both productive and receptive skills.

Teaching methods
The course consists of both a theoretical component, web-based exercises, practical pronunciation drills, and exercises in listening and describing varieties of English. Topics are presented using a combination of lectures, seminars, pronunciation training in the Multimedia Lab (with or without a teacher) and short written take-home assignments.
Student workload
Contact hours 25 hours
Preparation including exercises/assignments 70 hours
Exercises in Multimedia Lab 62 hours
Examination, including preparation for exam 50 hours
Further Information

No special prerequisites are required, beyond the ability to follow the course in English.

Expected literature

For the students who have chosen British English
Mees, Inger M. & Beverley Collins (2000) Sound English (3rd edition), Copenhagen: Copenhagen Business School Press.

For the students who have chosen American English
Mees, Inger M. & Beverley Collins (1992) Sound American, Copenhagen: Copenhagen Business School Press.

Last updated on 14-08-2014