Approved by Faculty Senate.
College of Liberal Arts
Winona State University
Department of Foreign Languages Course Title: Phonetics and Pronunciation
Course Number: French 401 Frequency of Offering: every other year
Credits: 3 Prerequisites: French 202 or equivalent
Grading: Grade Only Oral Communication 191
Satisfies University Studies Oral Flag Instructor: Nancy Edstrom
Date of revision: Spring 2002
Each student perfects his/her pronunciation through class and language laboratory exercises. The class relies on pronunciation tapes to teach the proper French accent. The sounds are studied so that one can describe and teach them to students. Some pronunciation rules are also mastered; rule of three consonants, silent e, e before yod, etc. Students read articles from the French press in order to practice correct pronunciation. Prerequisite: 202 or equivalent. Offered every two years.
The course aims at both high proficiency and excellent pronunciation. Students will develop rhythmic and intonation finesse that will help them achieve an eloquent and aesthetically pleasing fluency. Grammar and vocabulary enrichment will be part of daily exercises.
Through close work with the phonetical alphabet, students will recite and discuss poetry, excerpts from great works and will engage in all manner of formal and informal conversation with an ear to smooth (non-singsong) intonation and well-articulated pronunciation. Tests will involve phonetic perfection and recited extemporaneous and memorized French.
UNIVERSITY STUDIES RATIONALE: ORAL COMMUNICATION FLAG
Politics Religion Education, college life
Relationships Family Life Travel
Au Restaurant Careers War and peace
Life and death The environment French history
Gender issues Leisure activities Correspondence (letters, e-mail)
Shopping and the Euro French theatre and film
French attitude towards American tourists
Vacations, holidays, and the 35-hour work week in France
Teaching Procedures: Though we will do written work at the blackboard with prose and poetry, magazines, drills and exercises, spontaneous discussions and presentations will be the focus of class activity. There will also be written exercises to reinforce vocabulary and grammatical structures. Listening exercises in the lab will be required. The most common form of test will involve extemporaneous presentations and transcription into the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)
Tests and Grading: Class participation 25%
4 extemporaneous presentations 25%
Daily conversations, drills, quizzes 25%
Midterm and final exams on
grammar and usage 25%
Grading Scale: 100-90 = A; 80-89 = B; 70-79 = C; 60-69 = D