ROMLING 333 - Techniques of Pronunciation and Oral Expression
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Romance Linguistics (ROMLING)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
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Enforced Prerequisites:
SPANISH 275, 276, or SPANISH 277; or SPANISH 278 (or 290) or AMCULT 224 or LATINOAM 224; or RCLANG 324.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course is an undergraduate-level introduction to Spanish phonetics. The main goal of the class is for the student to understand the production of sounds in Spanish as well as to apply this new knowledge to the practice and improvement of his/her pronunciation. Students learn about supra segmental and segmental features of Spanish and gain experience in phonetic transcription. After successful completion of this course, the student will be able to: 1) recognize and phonetically describe all the sounds of Spanish; 2) use the articulatory descriptions in the teaching of Spanish to English speakers; 3) understand the principles of Spanish orthography, including accentuation; 4) use appropriate terminology to express general notions of phonetics; and 5) recognize the dialectal diversity of Spanish in Iberia and the Americas, as well as the phonetic features that characterize the most salient dialects.

This 300-level course would be essentially introductory and applied in its scope. It would be geared towards pronunciation and production issues of Spanish, especially from a second language acquisition perspective, thus largely avoiding the questions of phonological theory and analysis which are introduced in SPANISH 330 (Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics) and are examined in more detail in SPANISH 410 (Spanish Phonetics and Phonology). The course covers a topic of study that is very attractive to our own Spanish concentrators and minors for their personal improvement in the language. It would also be beneficial for School of Education students who often enroll in SPANISH 410 in order to obtain a background for instruction of Spanish, as the proposed course would give concrete examples and experience in applied methodologies.

Course Requirements:

Completion of oral, written, and reading assignments prior to class; three written exams; active participation and frequent practice. Early in the term, students record a sample of their spoken Spanish and determine with the professor what areas of pronunciation need the most attention. At the end of the term, they make a second recording and do a post-test interview with the professor to assess how their pronunciation may have improved. Grading: preparation/participation (10%); written assignments (10%); oral assignments (10%); exam 1 & 2 (15% each); exam 3 (25%); initial recording plus final and written reflections (15%).

Intended Audience:

Undergraduate (Spanish concentrators and minors, Linguistics concentrators, and School of Education students, etc. ) who do not have a Romance linguistics background (have not taken SPANISH 330: Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics).

Class Format:

3 contact hours per week in recitation format.

ROMLING 333 - Techniques of Pronunciation and Oral Expression
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001 (REC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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