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P&S Syllabus Spring 2015

Community English Program Spring, 2015
Teachers College, Columbia University
Instructor: Allie Hope King
Class: Advanced Pronunciation & Speaking
Classes: Tuesday
Class time: 3:00pm 6:00pm
Classroom: Zankel Hall room 311
Class Website:
Course Description:
Advanced P&S is designed to help non-native speakers of English to speak clearly, naturally, and
effectively in a variety of contexts such as the workplace, academic settings, or daily interactions with
native speakers. Although some continual attention is paid to individual sounds and their distinctions, the
greater focus is to help students improve their production of the broader features of spoken language.
Considering both formal and informal spoken English, students will learn how meaning is conveyed in
features such as pausing, stress, rhythm, and intonation and will get ample opportunity to practice these
patterns through a variety of activities such as self-recordings, discussions, and presentations. Attentive
listening skills will also be a focus as students will be trained to hear and recognize these patterns in
spoken language through interactions with the instructor and fellow students as well as through a variety
of audio materials.
About the CEP
The Community Language Program (CLP) is a unique and integral part of the TESOL and Applied
Linguistics Programs at Teachers College, Columbia University. It provides English as a second
language and foreign language instruction to adult learners of diverse nationalities and backgrounds. In
addition, the CLP serves as an on- site language education lab in which TESOL and Applied Linguistics
faculty and students enrolled in the programs teach the courses and use the CLP as a setting for empirical
inquiry. Here at Teachers College we believe that observation and classroom research are the best way to
learn about how we teach and gain insights into how teaching might take place. Thus, we encourage
observation and classroom research and want people to use it as a tool for learning. Ongoing assessment
and program evaluation allow us to make the CLP a better program.

Important dates:

Week 1
Week 5
Week 6
Week 9
Week 10

Tuesday, February 10
Friday, February 20
Tuesday, March 10
Tuesday, March 17
Tuesday, April 14
Tuesday, April 21

First day of classes

Last day for refunds and transfers
Midterm exam
Spring break: No classes
Final Exam (Presentation)
Last day of classes (final grades to students)

Course Materials:
There is no textbook for this class. Materials will consist of handouts, class Power Points and authentic
audio/video material from a variety of resources. Please always come to class prepared, bringing a notebook, a
folder with all class materials organized, and writing utensils (including a PENCIL and ERASER).

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Course Objectives:
Upon completing the course, students should:
Understand fundamental patterns of overall sentential stress and word stress, rhythm, and intonation in NAE
Be able to identify suprasegmental features of NAE while listening to authentic speech
Have addressed their individual pronunciation difficulties, including individual consonant and vowel sounds
Be able to self-monitor and correct their own speech
Utilize a dictionary and other resources to aid in pronunciation clarification and improvement
Feel more confident in giving short explanations and presentations in English
Participate more naturally in speaking conversations on a variety of topics and in varying contexts
Course Requirements:
Midterm exam: 30%
Final exam: 45%
Attendance and Participation: 10%
Homework & Blog Entries: 15%
Attendance Policy:
If a student misses 5 or more classes, s/he cannot pass the course. If the student
is late for 10 classes, s/he cannot pass the course


A+ 97 100%
B+ 87 89%
C+ 77 79%

A 94 96% A- 90 93%
B 84 86% B- 80 83%
C 73 76% C- 70 72%

Poor (no pass)

69% or Below
D 63 66% D- 60 62%
Withdrawal (With permission from the teacher and the Director the
student withdrew from the course due to extenuating circumstances)

Exact due dates or changes to the assignments on the syllabus will be stated when homework is assigned. Late
assignments will be accepted if a reason is communicated in a timely manner, but will have an automatic grade
reduction of 5% for each day it is late.
Audio Homework Assignments:
All audio assignments can be submitted via Google Voice. To submit an assignment, you will call
(646) 484-8654 and you will record your audio homework there. The audio file will come to me in my email,
which I will be able to forward back to you to keep for your records and study purposes.
1. Call this number: (646) 484-8654
2. Listen to the outgoing message and wait for the tone
3. **SAY YOUR NAME** and record your homework response
**If you do not have a phone that can make calls in the U.S., please see me after class**
Alternatively, if you wish to create an audio file (.mp3) on your phone or computer, you can do so and
send it to me as an attachment. This is allowable unless otherwise specified. Please email any audio
attachments to
Blog Entries:
The class blog is meant to encourage you to practice outside class, as well as to enable you to share your
experiences and thoughts with your classmates. You can (and should!) post whenever you have something to
share (e.g. you have a problem communicating due to pronunciation on a phone call, but then find a way to

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make yourself clear; you find a really good resource online for the th sound and you want your classmates to
have it). These are weekly posts at the very least, and have a deadline of NOON on Mondays.
1 2/10


Goals > Independent Learning > Strategic Listening I > Classroom

1. Diagnostic Speaking Due 2/13 by

2. Self-Evaluation Due in Class 2/17

2 2/17

Strategic Listening II > Thought Groups > Informal Discussion Topic

1. Blog Entry 1 Due 2/16 by noon

2. Listening for Thought Groups
Due in class 2/24

IPA Review > Focus Words > Peak Vowels > Stress Part I > Classroom

1. Blog Entry 2 Due 2/23 by noon

Stress Part II > Reduction > Connected Speech > Small Group
Discussion (Midterm Format)

1. Blog Entry 3 Due 3/2 by noon

5 3/10

Intonation Part I > Informal Discussion Topic

1. Blog Entry 4 Due 3/9 by noon



2. Have fun! (Spring Break)

3 2/24

4 3/3

2. Study for Midterm (3/10)

1. Blog Entry 5 Due 3/23 by noon

6 3/17


7 3/24

2. Focus Word Assignment Due in Class


Intonation Part II > Giving Short Explanations > Elevator Talk

2. Midterm Self-Evaluation Due 3/24 in

1. Blog Entry 6 Due 3/30 by noon
2. Presentation Topic Due in class 3/31
3. Elevator Talk Due in class 3/31

8 3/31

Formal Speech/Explanations > Classroom Debate

1. Blog Entry 7 Due 4/6 by noon

2. TED Talk Assignment Due in class 4/7
3. Presentation Outline Due in class 4/7

9 4/7

P&S for Presentations > Formal Discussion Topic

1. Blog Entry 8 Due 4/13 by noon

2. Work on final presentation

10 4/14

Final Presentations!

11 4/21

WRAP UP: Plans, Prescriptions & PARTY!!

1. Final Presentation self-reflection Due in

class 4/21

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