English Phonetics


This course aims to introduce students to 48 English phonetic symbols – International Phonetic Alphabets (IPA) – with one or two phonetic sounds at a time and plenty of exercises where they associate letters, sounds and symbols.
By the end of the course, students will be able to:

• Pronounce the phonetic symbols in the dictionary independently
• Differentiate similar sounding words
• Identify homonyms, homographs and homophones
• Pronounce and spell words with more confidence and accuracy
• Communicate using authentic British pronunciation,
• Intonation and accent

Course Description
Four to five of the English phonetic symbols – International Phonetic Alphabets (IPA) – are introduced in each unit. Each unit is constructed using the structure as listed below:

• Introduction to the target sounds, symbols and words
• Minimal pair exercises and listening discrimination exercises
• Tongue twisters that contain target sounds
• Speaking practice and word stress practice
• Consolidation exercises where students write and transcribe
• Phonetic symbols
• Song appreciation in every three lessons