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Speech Sounds of the World


Admission requirements

First year’ students BA Linguistics will be enrolled in the tutorials of this course by the Education Administration Office. Other students should first contact the coordinator of studies, Else van Dijk. Self-enrollment is not possible for this course.
Catalognumber English course Speech sounds of the World: 5511VE005
Students African languages and cultures enrol for 5731KKVDW.


Students learn to produce, recognize, transcribe, and analyze speech sounds during the lectures and the practice sessions. They will be confronted with speech sounds they are familiar with and with speech sounds they are less familiar with among consonants, vowels and tone.
The course consists of a one hour lecture (held twice, once in English, once in Dutch) followed by a one hour practice session where students learn how to produce the speech sounds. The course is supported by a custom-made digital course helping the students to recognize and to describe speech sounds.

Course objectives

The course has four main objectives:

  • learning how to produce speech sounds

  • learning how to recognize speech sounds

  • learning to transcribe speech sounds according to the alphabet op the IPA (International Phonetics Association)

  • learning how to analyze and describe speech sounds


African Languages and Cultures BA
and BA Linguistics

Mode of instruction

Seminar + practice session

Course Load

  • Total 140h (5 EC)

  • Courses: 13×2= 26h

  • Examinations: 5h

  • Practice at home 109h

Assessment method

Midterm exam (written exam): 30%
Final exam, written part: 30%
Final exam, dictation exercise: 20%
Final exam, oral part: 20%

All exams have the possibility of a resit.

Exam review

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.


Reading list

To be announced during the course


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on the website

First year BA Linguistics students will be automatically enrolled. All other students planning on following this course need to contact the coordinator of studies, Else van Dijk, for permission first.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Registration Contractonderwijs


For questions about the content of the course, please contact the teacher:
Dr. M.G. (Maarten) Kossmann

Education Administration Office van Wijkplaats

Coordinator of Studies: E.A. van Dijk, MSc