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Jill Robbins, Chair 150 W 21st Street, Stop B3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4936

Spring 2004

SPN 346 • Practical Phonetics

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43835 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
BAT 202

Course Description

Introductory course in Spanish phonetics, with a thorough review of Spanish pronunciation. Recommended for Spanish majors, particularly for those preparing to teach. The course will integrate theoretical concepts and the technical description of the sounds of Spanish with the practice of pronunciation exercises. Students will learn to do phonetic transcriptions, and learn about regional differences in the pronunciation of Spanish. Non-native students will also develop improved pronunciation through oral drills and readings. The textbook (Barrutia) will be followed closely for the understanding and the study of theoretical concepts, as well as exercises and oral drills. The packet of materials contains sets of questions, additional information, summaries and outlines of chapters, and exercises for oral practice. In general, the materials in this packet take precedence over what is in the book. Students are required to prepare and practice the assigned reading material and exercises from the textbook and the packet of materials before coming to class. Class discussion will be based on the pages in the packet of materials, followed by oral drills.

Grading Policy

1. Participation/Attendance: 5% 2. Quizzes 5% 3. Homework: 5% 4. Oral reading: 15% 5. Four Exams: Exams 1, 2: 20% each Exams 3, 4: 15% each


Barrutia, Richard and Armin Schwegler. 1994. Fonética y fonología españolas. 2nd edition. New York: John Wiley and Sons. Course Packet with exercises.


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