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Advanced Pronunciation Skills for Students of English as a Second Language

Course Code: EASL 0385
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Seminar
Typically Offered: Winter
course overview

This is an advanced pronunciation course for students with good listening and speaking skills. Students taking this course should have no major pronunciation problems. The course will provide a review of the sound system and major stress and intonation patterns introduced in EASL 0285, as well as exercises in understanding English spoken in a variety of ways. Students will improve fluency by practicing some of the finer features of native speech, such as stress and intonation variation for emphasis or special meaning, phrasing, syllable reduction and linking. It is recommended that students take a conversation course at the same time.

Course Content


  1. Sound System
    • Identify effective and ineffective communication
    • Learn and use the International Phonetic Alphabet and principles of morphology and phonetics in order to determine word pronunciation
    • Vowels and consonants, including diphthongs and consonant clusters.
    • Regular grammatical endings, such as “ed”, “s”, “able”.
    •  Consonant-vowel, consonant-consonant and vowel-vowel linking.
  2. Word, phrase and sentence stress; stress in longer spoken texts
  3. Pitch and intonation
  4. Rhythm
  5. Independent learning techniques
    • Identify individual pronunciation errors, and their effect on interpersonal communications.
    • Learn techniques for using dictionaries to determine pronunciation.
    • Explore techniques for monitoring improvement, including the use of appropriate course technology.
    • Learn about and be able to discuss linguistic principles as they apply to sound production and suprasegmental features.
  6. Special Pronunciation Patterns
  7. Recognize the major dialects of English.
  8. Identify patterns typical of a particular group, such as teenagers (slang).
  9. Develop awareness of patterns typical of particular language groups, such as Chinese speakers of English.
  10. Develop awareness of patterns typical of particular genres, such as newscasts, plays, songs, poems, political speeches.
  11. Develop awareness of patterns which show special meaning, such as surprise, anger, implied criticism or emphasis.

Classroom Skills

Take responsibility for the following:

  1. Attendance and punctuality.
  2. Class work and assignments.
  3. Participation and teamwork.

Groupwork – take turns giving and receiving constructive criticism.

Methods of Instruction

The instructor will facilitate, observe and evaluate students' participation in class activities.  Whole and small group instruction will be combined with individual assistance and student directed learning.  Students will participate in the setting of goals by identifying their communicative and language development needs, and will participate in the selection of learning activities.

Means of Assessment

A mastery model of on-going evaluation will be used.  A student will reach mastery when s/he has demonstrated through satisfactory completion of exercises, assignments and other assessments that the course objectives have been achieved.

Where formal tests of specific skills are used, mastery will be defined as a score of 70% or more.

Progress will be monitored on a regular basis by the instructor in consultation with each student.

Learning Outcomes

Overall Objective:

Extend fluency and confidence in communicating for a range of educational, employment, personal and social contexts.

Specific Objectives:

  1. Speak with easily comprehensible pronunciation in longer conversations or presentations, and in less controlled and more varied communicative situations.
  2. Manage communication anxiety.
  3. Speak with native-like fluency and cultural appropriateness in short conversations or   presentations under controlled conditions.
  4. Identify, distinguish between, and reproduce all English sounds singly and in combination in           communicative situations.
  5. Identify and reproduce the basic stress, intonation and rhythm patterns of native speakers in          communicative situations.
  6. Identify individual pronunciation problems, and some techniques for dealing with them.
  7. Identify special pronunciation patterns, such as dialects.
  8. Assess progress.
  9. Participate effectively in a classroom.

course prerequisites

EASL 0285 or (EASL 0245 and 0255) or (EASL 0250) or instructor permission

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.