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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
SUP7078517, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
LE0610, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Linguistic and Literary Studies
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge MARIA GRAZIA BUSA' L-LIN/12
Other lecturers ROSALBA NODARI

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses L-LIN/12 English Language and Translation 9.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2008 course timetable

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of phonetic and phonological theories
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to provide the following competences:
- basic notions of English and Italian phonetics and phonology
- basic knowledge of acoustic analysis
- knowledge of acoustic analysis software
Examination methods: The exam will be written
Assessment criteria: The final grade will be based on a final test and a final experimental paper that the students can work on in groups
Course unit contents: The course explains the basic mechanisms for sound production and introduces students to speech acoustics and speech perception. The students will learn to read the speech acoustic signal and to use software for acoustic analysis. The course will focus on the differences between the Italian and English phonetic and phonological systems.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course consists of 2 hours of lesson and 2 hours of practice in the lab weekly. The course strongly focuses on the acquisition of the theoretical and practical knowledge of speech acoustics and the ability to use speech analysis software, class attendance is highly recommended.
Students who will not be able to attend the class will have to contact the teacher before taking the exam. In any case, during the exam they will have to show the ability to read the speech acoustic signal and to use software for acoustic analysis.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The textbook will be integrated with other material given in class.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Johnson, Keith, Acoustic and Auditory Phonetics, 3rd edition. Chicester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. ISBN: 978-1-4051-9466-2

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Questioning
  • Action learning
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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