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Monday, November 14, 2005


Department of Media Studies
Christ College, Bangalore

FEP II Semester
Phonetics and Applied Linguistics

Course Plan 2005-06 (sUBJECT TO CHANGE)

Name of the Teacher : Anil Pinto
Semester : II
Total No of sessions : 40
(As per academic Calendar)
Subject : Functional English
Paper : III (Phonetics and Applied Linguistics)
Books Recommended : Balasubramanian, T. A Textbook of English Phonetics for Indian Students. Delhi: Macmillan India, 1981.
Jones, Daniel. English Pronouncing Dictionary. 16 Ed. London: CUP, 2003.
Mortimer, Collin. Elements of Pronunciation: Intensive Practice for Intermediate and more Advanced Students. CUP,1985.
Topic No Topic No of sessions Dates
1 Word accent revision: Functional shift of stress, word with prefixes/suffixes-their stress pattern, accent in compound words, consonant cluster, syllable structure, 02 Nov: 14, 15
2 Contractions 01 Nov: 18
3 Allophonic variants: Plosives, lateral, frictionless continuant. 03 Nov: 21, 22, 25
4 Assimilation: Apocope, syncope. 02 Nov: 28, 29
5 Elision 01 Dec: 2
6 Rhythm: Content words, structure words, stress-timed rhythm, week forms 04 Dec: 5, 6, 12, 13
7 Intonation: Pitch, tone/tune shapes, tone group and tonic, falling tone, rising tone, falling-rising tone, passage transcription 07 Jan: 2, 3, 6, 9, 10, 13,16
8 Accent: General Indian English 03 Jan: 17, 30, 31
9 Accents: US, UK and Australian 04 Feb: 3, 6, 7, 10
10 Voice culture 05 Feb: 13, 14,17, 20, 21
11 Microphone training 03 Feb: 24, 27, 28
12 Effective Reading 06 Mar: 3, 6, 7, 10, 13, 14
13 Effective speaking 06 Mar: 17, 20, 21, 24, 27, 28
14 Feedback 01 Mar: 31

Each lecture-class will begin with exercises for 15 minutes based on the topics discussed in the previous session. Hence, please come to class having done your revision.
BBC, Cambridge, CIEFL audio and video cassettes and CDs will be made use of in the training process. Relevant exercise and reading materials will be provided from time to time. Voice culture classes will be conducted in the open air.
CIA-2a: Speech Analysis: Record a three-minute speech of any student of Christ other than FEP. Analyse the speech in terms of pronunciation, and stress. The assignment should have the subject profile, the speech in regular English orthography, and your analysis of the speech based on the given criteria. No minimum or maximum word limit.
Should possess the audio record of the speech.
Evaluation Criteria: Quality of the analysis, presentation, language.
Date for submission: Nov. 29, 2005
CIA-2b: Analysis of British, US and Australian English. Record three-minute speeches of British, US and Australian English from TV or Radio, for the first two preferably from Voice of America, and BBC Radio respectively. Analyse the three pieces in terms of pronunciation, accent, rhythm, intonation and vocabulary. No minimum or maximum word limit. Should possess the audio record of the three speeches.
Evaluation Criteria: Quality of the analysis, presentation, language.
Date for submission: Jan.13, 2005
CIA-3: Teach Phonetics Project. Choose a person who has not undergone training in pronunciation in English. Teach phonetics in about 20 sessions spread over a period of 20 to 30 days. Submit the report. The report should have the learner profile, sessionwise teaching plan/schedule with dates, continuous analysis of the learner’s progress, your learning and a letter from the leaner as a proof of your teaching the person.
Evaluation Criteria: Quality of the analysis, presentation, language.
Date for submission: Feb. 3, 2005
Guidelines for Submission:
• The covering sheet of the assignment should have the following details: Name of the college, assignment code, assignment title, your name, Reg. no, name of the teacher in-charge and date of submission.
• I prefer handwritten assignments with proper margins. You may use pictures, graphs and illustrations. Please write only on one side of the A4 size paper.
• You are free to take the assignment beyond the expected criteria. Such efforts will be appreciated.
• Do not submit the assignments four days prior to the date of submission unless you are going to be out of town. Those who are going to be out of town can submit the assignment online.
• Assignments submitted late by a day will be accepted. However, such submissions will be penalised. Submissions late by more than a day will be rejected.
• Avoid copying.
• Remember to give the reference at the end of your assignment of the books, articles and websites that you have referred to. The following pattern may be followed: Author’s name with the last name first, a period, name of the book underlined, a period, Place of Publication, colon, name of publication, year of publication, page no
o E.g.: Gandhi, Mohandas Karamchand, My Experiments with Truth, New Delhi: Penguin, 1998.
o In case of a website give the complete URL of the site referred to.
o If you are directly lifting some lines quote them. If you are using some idea write it in your words but acknowledge it.
Class test: There will be one written class test. Peer evaluation will be done. However marks obtained will not be considered for CIA.
Mid-semester practical exam: Listening to a passage and transcribing, reading a passage in regular English Orthography, reading a transcribed passage, group discussion.
Mark division:
End-semester theory paper-50
End-semester practicals: 25
Mid-semester practicals: 10
Classwork: 10
Record: 05
Continuous Internal Assessment:
CIA-I: 25
CIA-II a, II b, III: 20
Attendance: 05
Total: 150

 Attendance is compulsory for all the sessions. Please be punctual.
 Sessions on Mondays are of two hours and involve practicals. Rest of the sessions are of 55 minutes.
 Good English pronunciation can be mastered only through continuous practice. Hence, try to speak English phonetically as much as possible in your day-to-day conversation.
 Listen to BBC, CNN, and VOA news on TV or Radio everyday. This will not only help you widen your knowledge but also expose you to good spoken English. (However beware of the politics of these channels)
 Update your record book regularly and submit it on the last working day of every month. You may place it on my table.
 Please take care not to pass comments or react negatively when your friends try to speak English phonetically. It may demotivate them. Instead help each other learn better.
 Please feel free to clarify your doubts, ask questions or give feedback in the class, department or through email. Email:
 While emailing please mention your name and class.
 Visit my blog for notices and announcements regularly.
 All the best. Let us grow together.

Anil Pinto

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

English spoken in christ college campus

English is a universal language. the way a person speaks reflects a lot on his personality, attitude and his cultural background.
Christ college with the motto ‘excellence is service’ provides quality education to the young generation and deals with the holistic development of individuals. it welcomes students from all parts of India to build a sense of nationalism thereby has got varied culture and diversity among the language spoken and therefore English spoken here is influenced by several other regional languages spoken by the students.
Though English in this campus is influenced by several other regional languages the influence of Malayalam accent is very high and this accent dominates over the others.
Most of the lecturers have e very strong Malayalam accent and we often hear words like ‘simbly’ for ‘simply’ and many more everyday in the class. Initially when I joined this college I had to strain my ears to grasp what was being taught in the class but guess by now all of us are very immune to this during lessons.
Other than the influence of Malayalam we hear a lot of slang and synonyms used on the campus. christ college has got the best campus, best education, sexy crowd and amazing slang which cannot be traced in any dictionary. It has become a trend among the teens to use slang among there friends as it is considered happening and cool. Though it sounds offensive they don’t really mean whatever they speak but instead find this a way to associate themselves with others of there generation.
Words such as fuck, dude, babe, chick, chumma, yo man and many more are very commonly used almost in every other sentence spoken and this cannot be Called good English and is leading no where close to individual development. the ‘f’ word is one of the most popular word among the teens nowadays and means a lot of different things other than it literal meaning. It can express ones disappointment, irritation, frustration etc. for example we hear them saying ‘damn man fuck the class’ expressing there frustration either about the class or the lecturer or if someone says ‘ where the hell have you been’ is does not literally mean that he has come from hell but rather that he has been out of sight for a while.
This is the language spoken by most of the youth today though there are certain is exceptions and the older generation find it vulgar . this vulgarity is mainly due yo the influence of foreign culture. The question here is as to what would happen when this youth will have to rule the world in the future?
to mr anil pinto. from madhura a s gowda 4 semester a 04d0058
christ college.