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English Phonetics and Phonology II

Code: 106292 ECTS Credits: 6
Degree Type Year Semester
2504212 English Studies OB 2 2
The proposed teaching and assessment methodology that appear in the guide may be subject to changes as a result of the restrictions to face-to-face class attendance imposed by the health authorities.


María José Sole Sabater

Use of Languages

Principal working language:
english (eng)
Some groups entirely in English:
Some groups entirely in Catalan:
Some groups entirely in Spanish:


Maria Rosa Garrido Sarda


  • Students should have taken English Phonetics and Phonology I before enrolling in this course. The specific requisites regarding its contents are knowledge of phonetic transcription and basic descriptive terms from the English Phonetics and Phonology I course.
  • Students should have a minimum level of  C2 (Proficiency) from the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: learning, Teaching, Assessment. 

Objectives and Contextualisation

This is a second year course which should be taken after English Phonetics and Phonology I. It deals with the differences between the phonological Systems of English and Catalan/Spanish, focusing on suprasegmental aspects, whereas English Phonetics and Phonology I focuses on segmental aspects.

By the end of the course, the students will be able to stress English words and sentences, to use English intonation and rhythm. They will be able to do and read phonological transcription of short texts and dialogues, and to pronounce correctly English texts both in spelling and in transcription. 

After finishing the course, the student will be able to:

  • Use phonetic transcription
  • Identify the form and function of stress, rhythm and intonation patterns in English.
  • Perceive and produce relevant contrasts in English
  • Compare the phonological system of English and Catalan/Spanish and identify problematic areas.
  • Improve their English pronunciation.


  • Act with ethical responsibility and respect for fundamental rights and duties, diversity and democratic values. 
  • Demonstrate skills to work autonomously and in teams to fulfil the planned objectives.
  • Describe and analyse—synchronically and comparatively—the main phonetic, phonological, morphological, syntactic, semantic and pragmatic properties of English and its historical development.
  • Distinguish and contrast the distinct paradigms and methodologies applied to the study of English.
  • Students must be capable of collecting and interpreting relevant data (usually within their area of study) in order to make statements that reflect social, scientific or ethical relevant issues.
  • Understand and produce written and spoken academic texts in English at advanced higher-proficient-user level (C2).
  • Use written and spoken English for academic and professional purposes, related to the study of linguistics, the philosophy of language, history, English culture and literature.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe and analyse (synchronically and diachronically) the main phonetic, phonological, morphological, syntactic and semantic properties of English.
  2. Express oneself in English in writing and orally in an effective and correct manner, in an academic register and using appropriate terminology in relation to the study of phonetics and phonology, syntax, semantics and the history of the English language.
  3. Gather and interpret relevant data to make critical judgements on aspects of English linguistics and its practical applications.
  4. Identify and understand different models for the linguistic analysis of English at phonetic-phonological, syntactic, semantic and historical levels.
  5. Make use of the knowledge acquired while respecting diversity of opinion and varieties of a language.
  6. Plan work effectively, individually or in groups, in order to fulfil the planned objectives.
  7. Produce written and oral academic texts at higher-proficient-user level (C2) on the concepts and skills relevant to the study of English linguistics.
  8. Understand specialised academic texts on research in English linguistics at C2 level.


UNIT 1. English phonotactics and syllable structure

UNIT 2. English word stress, vowel reduction and levels of prominence

UNIT 3. Stress in derived words: suffixation and compound nouns.

UNIT 4, English sentence stress and rhythm.

UNIT 5. English intonation.

UNIT 6. Phonetic transcription of short texts and dialogues and practice reading transcribed texts 


Autonomous activities: Exercises, assignments, readings, individual study and participation.

Directed activities: Lectures and practical seminars.

Supervised activities: Tutoring sessions.


Annotation: Within the schedule set by the centre or degree programme, 15 minutes of one class will be reserved for students to evaluate their lecturers and their courses or modules through questionnaires.


Title Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Type: Directed      
Lectures and practical seminars. 45 1.8 8, 1, 2, 5, 4, 6, 7, 3
Type: Supervised      
Tutorials 22.5 0.9 7
Type: Autonomous      
Exercises, assignments, readings, individual study and participation. 57.5 2.3 8, 1, 2, 5, 4, 6, 7, 3



Besides the usual participatory responsibilities (class participation, assigned readings) there will be regular homework, quizzes and assignments, a written midterm exam, as well as a final written and oral exam. The written exams will include the assigned readings. Students will be evaluated as follows:

  • 75% of the final mark will correspond to two written exams (25% each) and an oral exam (25%). The pass mark for the written exams is 5/10. In order to pass the oral exam, students must obtain a score of at least 60% of the total score (60% = aprovat = 5 over 10). 
  • 5% of the final mark corresponds to an assignment that students will carry out individually.
  • The remaining 20% will correspond to homework, quizzes and practical exercises done in class.


  • All the assignments and tests are COMPULSORY.
  • To pass the course, the following conditions need to be fulfilled:
    • The final oral exam needs to be passed.
    • The combination of the marks of the two written exams needs to average out to a 5 or higher. If one of the two written exams is failed, it will need to have a minimum mark of 4.
  • A final mark of “No avaluable” can only be obtained if the student has completed a maximum of one exam and the assignment. Therefore, the completion of two exams excludes the possibility of obtaining the “No avaluable”.
  • The students’ command of English will be taken into account when marking all exercises and for the final mark.

Reassessment conditions

  • Reassessment of the course material will be item-by-item when the following conditions are met:
    • The student has a minimum course mark of 3.5/10.
    • The student has completed all the evaluation items.
    • One of the written exams must bepassed.
  • The maximum mark that can be obtained at reassessment is a PASS (unless reassessment is the result of a missed test due to a justified and documented absence).
  • The reassessment dates are assigned by the university and will not be changed to suit individual students' needs. 
  • Missed tests can only be retaken if the student provides documented justification of their absence.
  • Lecturers will inform students (on Moodle) of the date and place of the reassessment exams.
  • Evaluation activities excluded from reassessment. The following activities are not eligible for reassessment: Assignment 1, quizzes,and assigned exercises.

Procedure for Reviewing Grades Awarded. On carrying out each evaluation activity, lecturers will inform students (on Moodle) of the procedures to be followed for reviewing all grades awarded, and the date on which such a review will take place.

In the event of a student committing any irregularity that may lead to a significant variation in the grade awarded to an assessment activity, the student will be given a zero for this activity, regardless of any disciplinary process that may take place. In the event of several irregularities in assessment activities of the same subject, the student will be given a zero as the final grade for this subject.

IMPORTANT: Partial or total plagiarizing will immediately result in a FAIL (0) for the plagiarized exercise. Repeated instances of plagiarism will result in a FAIL (0) of the whole subject. PLAGIARISING consists of copying text from unacknowledged sources –whether this ispartof a sentence or a whole text– with the intention of passing it off as the student’s own production. It includes cutting and pasting from internet sources, presented unmodified in the student’s own text. Plagiarizing is a SERIOUS OFFENCE. Students must respect authors’ intellectual property, always identifying the sources they may use; they must also be responsible for the originality and authenticity of their own texts.

Assessment Activities

Title Weighting Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Homework and participation 20% 16 0.64 8, 1, 2, 5, 4, 6, 7, 3
Midterm 1 25% 1.5 0.06 1, 2, 5, 7, 3
Midterm 2 25% 1.5 0.06 1, 2, 5, 4, 7
Oral exam 25% 0.5 0.02 2, 4, 7
assignment 5% 5.5 0.22 2, 7



Cruttenden, Alan. 2001. Gimson's pronunciation of English [6th edition]. London: Edward Arnold.

Finch, Diana. F. and Ortiz Lira, Hector. 1982. A course in English Phonetics for Spanish Speakers. London: Heinemann.

Kreidler, Charles.W. 1997. Describing Spoken English. An Introduction. London: Routledge. Ch. 7

Ladefoged, Peter. 1982 (1993, 2005). A Course in Phonetics. New York: Harcourt, Brace & Jovanovich/Thomson Wadsworth.

Mott, Brian. 2000. English Phonetics and Phonology for Spanish Speakers. Barcelona: Edicions Universitat de Barcelona.

Roach, Peter. 1983. English Phonetics and Phonology. Cambridge: CUP.

Rogers, Henry. 2000. The Sounds of Language. An Introduction to Phonetics. London: Pearson Education Ltd.

Wells, John.C. 2006. English Intonation: An Introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Recommended books for further practice

Estebas, Eva. 2009. Teach yourself English pronunciation: An interactive course for Spanish speakers.  Netbiblos/UNED.

García-Lecumberri, María Luisa & John A. Maidment. 2000. English Transcription course. London: Arnold.

Hancock, Mark. 2003. English Pronunciation in Use. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Hewings, Martin. 2007. English Pronunciation in Use. Advanced. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

 Rogerson, P and J.B. Gilbert 1990. Speaking clearly. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Phonetic transcription




General phonetics and English phonetics






Pronunciation practice and ear training






No specific software will be used.