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David Birdsong, Chair 201 W 21ST STREET STOP B7600, HRH 2.114A, AUSTIN, TX 78712 • 512-471-5531

Spring 2007


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
36305 MWF
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
HRH 4.102B

Course Description

This introductory course in French phonetics will provide third-year students with an opportunity to enhance their pronunciation skills by studying articulation of French sounds and its prosody, both through oral practice and acquisition of theoretical knowledge.

Grading Policy

Homework & classwork: 25%
Quizzes: 60% 
this is calculated as the average of scores received for quizzes and tapes. (NO MAKEUPS)
Final exam: individual oral exam: 15%
Homework: homework may include oral assignments, phonetic transcriptions and practice with recordings online. Classwork will include learning technical aspects of French phonetics as well as the International Phonetic Alphabet and basic concepts in phonetics. This understanding will allow students to target specific areas of pronunciation: individual sounds, whole sentence concepts, to vastly improve their oral skills in French. These skills will improve in direct proportion to the practice of the individual student.

Quizzes will be in two parts: theory (written quiz in class) and practice, a recorded assignment due the day after the quiz.


Dansereau, Savoir Dire, 1st Ed., 1990, Houghton Mifflin, ISBN: 0-669-20996-1 Savoir Dire Audio Program: the audio exercises that accompany this book are all digitized and accessible online from any UT computer system, at Each course has a page with numbered exercises.


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