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Linguistics 1: The Phonetics of English


Admission requirements



This course will take the form of an introduction to the phonetics of modern English. It will examine, amongst other matters, the production of speech, the description and classification of speech sounds, and how sounds are combined in speech and what influence they have upon each other. In the practical component of the course, attention will be paid to phonemic transcription.

Course objectives


  • become acquainted with the terminology needed in the study of phonetics;

  • learn the properties of English phonemes and how to describe them, both singly and in combination;

  • learn the symbols needed to transcribe phonemically.


The timetable is available on the BA English website

Mode of instruction

Lecture (1 hour per week) and seminar (2 hours per week)

Course Load

  • time spent on attending lectures and seminars: 39 hours

  • time for studying the compulsory literature: 39 hours

  • time to prepare for the exam and in-term quizzes: 54 hours

  • exam/quizzes: 4 hours

  • Tutoring/opportunity to inspect exam: 4 hours.

Assessment method


Four in-term quizzes and a final written exam.

The in-term quizzes take place during fixed tutorial sessions. They cannot be (re-)taken at some later point in time.


  • Three in-term quizzes (30%)

  • Written exam (70%)

The in-term quiz average is based on the three highest marks obtained; the lowest mark of the four quizzes does not count towards the final mark. To pass the course, a minimum of 5.5 is required for the written exam.


When the mark for the written exam is 5.49 or lower, the exam will have to be retaken during the resit period. There is no resit for the in-term quizzes.


Attendance is compulsory. Missing more than two tutorials means that students will be excluded from the tutorials. Unauthorized absence also applies to being unprepared, not participating and/or not bringing the relevant course materials to class.

Inspection and feedback

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.


Blackboard will be used to provide students with an overview of current affairs, as well as specific information about (components of) the course.

Reading list

Course book: Ladefoged, Peter & Keith Johnson (2015). A Course in Phonetics (7th edn.). Stamford: CEngage.
Recommended: Wells, John (1990). Longman Pronouncing Dictionary. Harlow: Longman.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on the website

NB: First year students will be enrolled by the coordinator of studies.

Students other than from the BA English language and culture cannot take this course.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Registration Studeren à la carte

Registration Contractonderwijs


Please contact Student administration van Eyckhof for questions.

The coordinator of studies is Else van Dijk