Phonetics

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Course Information
Discipline(s): 
French Language
Terms offered: 
Fall, Spring
Credits: 
3
Language of instruction: 
French
Prerequisites: 

Strong Knowledge of French grammar

Description: 

Study of French sounds and intonation, accompanied by transcriptions using the International Phonetic Alphabet and orthophonic drills. The aim of this course is to help advanced-level students improve their French pronunciation.

Method of presentation: 

Description of the phonetic system and its rules followed by pronunciation exercises and poetry and prose readings selected to develop students' sensitivity to the rhythm and melody of the French language.

The Course Is Divided Into Three Sections:

  • Listening And Distinction
  • Intonation And Articulation Training
  • Typology Of Phonographic Codes And Rules Relating To The Rhythmic-Melodic Effects Of The Language

LANGUAGE OF PRESENTATION: French

Required work and form of assessment: 

Phonetic transcriptions, creation of a personal phonetic record according to things learned in class.
In addition:
• Quizzes:25%
• Mid-term exam: 25%
• Oral and Written Final Exam: 25%
• Lab work: 25%

content: 

Description and analysis of French vowel and consonant system; In-depth study of pronunciation rules, including open and closed vowels, semi-vowels, liaisons, the silent, consonant clusters, nasals, fricatives, etc. The emphasis Is on problematic sounds and pronunciation difficulties of students in the class.

Required readings: 

Le Francais Par Le Dialogue, G. Faure/ A. Di Cristo. Hachette, 1977.
Booklet Exercices De Phon?Tique, S. Gour?Vitch.