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This subject is designed for graduate students who would like to improve their spoken English skills for professional contexts. It is aimed at speakers of English as an additional language.
Students who complete this subject will become familiar with Australian English pronunciation, will develop confidence and self-awareness, and will improve the clarity and fluency of their speech for use in professional communication. The content covers various aspects of pronunciation, such as individual sounds, sound combinations, syllables and word stress, rhythm, sentence stress, connected speech processes and intonation. Students will also improve their listening-discrimination skills, develop an understanding of the basic processes involved in speech production and gain practical knowledge about the communicative nature of sentence stress and intonation, especially as they apply to workplace settings.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should have:
- an understanding the basic processes involved in the articulation of sounds and speech production;
- gained knowledge about the various aspects of pronunciation and their role in communication;
- understand and be able to identify segmental and prosodic features of speech;
- become familiar with the pronunciation aspects of Australian English;
- improved their speech clarity and fluency; and
- the ability to use spoken English effectively to improve their scope of employment options and professional advancement.
Students who successfully complete this subject should have:
- developed enhanced problem solving skills;
- sharpened their analytical skills;
- further developed their written and spoken skills; and
- improved their ability to function in the workplace.
Last updated: 29 July 2022