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MELD 1B03 Engl.Phonetics &Pronunciation

Academic Year: Fall 2018

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Anna Moro


Office: L.R. Wilson Hall 4041

Phone: 905-525-9140 x

Office Hours: Please consult individual instructors

Course Objectives:

Course overview

This course reviews sounds in Standard English, with the goal of improving students’ perception and production of speech. The course also focuses on the understanding and practice of oral communication skills. Academic presentations are introduced.



Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  1. Be comfortable organizing their thoughts and expressing themselves in various settings and registers while adhering to basic social and academic etiquette.
    1. Students will learn and practice basic conventions for engaging in everyday conversations.
  2. Improve their sensitivity to and ability to produce sounds, stress, intonation, etc. in English.
    1. Students will practice pronouncing vowels and consonants.
    2. Students will learn about stressed and unstressed words along with stress patterns.
    3. Students will recognize and produce relevant intonation patterns.
    4. Students will explore how sounds change when linked in connected speech.
  3. Learn and implement skills for developing general, academic, and discipline specific vocabulary.
    1. Students will receive tips on how to make pronunciation notes in a vocabulary journal.
    2. Students will continually add to their vocabulary journals through pre-listening vocabulary lists and exercises.
  4. Possess a deep understanding of English structure and grammar.
    1. Students will learn the grammar necessary to participate in basic conversational conventions.
  5. Learn and confidently apply the conventions of specific academic modes of communication – papers, presentations, posters.
    1. Students will understand the general-purpose and structure of oral presentations.
  6. Develop basic digital skills – navigating university online services, using common software like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
    1. Students will receive tips on how to record self and compare recordings to identify improvement.
    2. Students will be introduced to the basics of creating slides in PowerPoint.
  7. Establish proficient receptive skills in reading and listening.
    1. Students will practice their listening skills by regularly participating in class activities and in sharing presentations with each other.
  8. Value and engage in reflective practice.
    1. Students will record themselves at regular intervals for the purpose of reflecting on their progress.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Required texts

  • Bell, D. (2014). Passport to Academic Presentations. Garnet Education.
  • Lane, L. (2013). Focus On Pronunciation 3. Pearson Education.
  • McKay, I. (2015). Have Your Say 2: Listening and Speaking Skills and Practice. OUP.

Method of Assessment:

Speaking Diagnostic 3%

2 Oral Assignments (Recordings), 3-5 min. 10%

Homework 10%

Class Participation1 10%

Quiz 5%

Midterm Test2 10%

Phonological Processing Assessment3 7%

Mentoring/Passport Activities4 10%

Final Exam5 35%



1Students cannot get participation marks without attending.

2To be held the week of October 22nd.

3To complete this assessment students will sign up in OscarPlus.

4Mentorship sessions will begin the week of September 24th.

5Students must pass the final exam to demonstrate that they have met the appropriate language benchmark. The final exam will be held during the McMaster final examination period (December 7-20).


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Policy on missed work/Late penalties

Course assignments must be submitted on the due dates, unless permission for an extension has been granted by the instructor before the due date. Extensions may be granted for legitimate reasons (e.g., MSAF, or medical or other documentation submitted to the Faculty of Humanities Advising Office). Late assignments will be penalized by 10% a day (including weekends).

MELD Course attendance policy

Students are expected to attend, be prepared for, and participate in each class. This is critical in order to ensure maximum exposure to academic English, and to meet the learning objectives of the course.

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.

Topics and Readings:




Skills Covered



Sept. 4 – Sept. 7

Getting Acquainted (HYS2 Chapter 1)

Communication: introducing/ describing self and others; conversation openers

Grammar: present and present progressive

Pronunciation: predictable stress patterns



Sept. 10 – Sept. 14

Telling It As It Was (HYS2 Chapter 2)



(FOP3 - Units 1-9)


Communication: Narrating the past, encouraging conversation, describing similarities and differences

Grammar: simple past and past progressive, logical connectors, comparative and superlative adjectives

Pronunciation: regular past tense endings; vowels

Speaking Diagnostic


Sept. 17 – Sept. 21


Sept. 24 – Sept. 28

Expanding Networks (HYS2 Chapter 3)



(FOP3 – Units 11-26)


Communication: making and responding to requests; indirect questions and statements; getting time to think; asking for and giving instructions; expressing necessity

Grammar: word order in questions; present perfect continuous

Pronunciation: consonants

Oral Assignment 1


Oct. 1 – Oct. 5


Oct. 8 – Oct. 12





Oct. 15 – Oct. 19

Living the Good Life (HYS2 Chapter 4)



Communication: Stating opinions, expressing preferences, agreeing, disagreeing, etc.

Grammar: Present perfect tense, verbs taking gerunds and infinitives

Pronunciation: Stressed and unstressed words




Midterm Test


Oct. 22 – Oct. 26


Oct. 29 – Nov. 2

Thrills And Chills

(HYS2 Chapter 5)


Syllables and Stress Within Words

(FOP3 – Units 44-49)


Communication: Stating opinions and preferences; agreeing and disagreeing; regretting, criticizing; expressing possibility, speculating; expressing ability, inability, advisability; summarizing discussions

Pronunciation: linking words in connected speech; syllables and stress within words



Nov. 5 – Nov. 9


Nov. 12 – Nov. 16

Listening to Your Head and Your Heart

(HYS2 Chapter 6)


Introduction to academic presentations

(Passport to Academic Presentations)

Communication: Maintaining conversation; describing complexity, skills, knowledge; expressing assumptions and probability; expressing emotions; apologizing; interrupting

Grammar: modals and infinitives; relative pronouns

Pronunciation: linking words in connected speech




Nov. 19 – Nov. 23


Nov. 26 – Nov. 30

Understanding Differences

(HYS2 Chapter 7)



(FOP3 - Units 27-31)


Communication: Complaining, warning, prohibiting; making recommendations and predicting consequences; restating and hesitating

Grammar: Modals, conditional sentences

Pronunciation: additional intonation patterns

Oral Assignment 2

(on mentorship meetings)


Dec. 3 – Dec. 5


Dec 7 – Dec 20