ELP: English Listening and Pronunciation
Fall 2017


THIS WEEK

Monday 3:30-5:20pm  

Foreign Language Teaching
and Resource Center (FLTR 外教)
206
Professor Karen Chung 史嘉琳 老師
karchung@ntu.edu.tw

Join the
ELP: English Listening and Pronunciation, Fall 2017 page on Facebook!
Class syllabus:
Fall 2013  Spring 2014
 Fall 2014 and Spring 2015  Spring 2016  
Spring 2017
CET articles on English pronunciation
Email Updates Subscription link
for CET 19-24
Mini-conversations

A demonstration of how the Echo Method works

Fall 2017: 16 class meetings

September 2017:
11, 18, 25, 30 (extra make-up class)
October:
2, (4, 9 and 10 are holidays), 16, 23, 30
November:
6, 13, (15 is a holiday), 20, 27
December:
4, 11, 18, 25
January 2018:
(1 is a holiday)


    Final exam: Monday, January 8, 2017 外教 206

     Note: This syllabus is subject to change, and will be adjusted and updated weekly throughout the semester.
     PLEASE REPORT ANY ERRORS OR DEAD LINKS you find to
karchung@ntu.edu.tw!


Week 1: September 11-18:

1. Enrollment and other class business.
    Pronunciation discrimination test tomorrow (9/12/17).


2. Join a. the ELP: English Listening and Pronunciation, Spring 2017 page on Facebook;
            b. Karen on Ivy League Analytical English group on Facebook; and
            c. ELP Fall 2017 on Google Drive; use your gmail address.


3.  Warm-up song: Nat King Cole: Kemo Kimo

4. SLANT:
     Sit up straight.
     Listen.
     Ask and answer questions.
     Nod your head. (or: shake your head; or: wrinkle your brow)
     Track the teacher.

5.
  Send a
quote to Prof. Chung at karchung@ntu.edu.tw
     according to this model, along with your gmail address;
     also mention which musical instruments you are able and willing
     to play for our Christmas carol sing on Monday December 25.
     Read and refer to this article carefully before doing the assignment;
     英文 Email 潛規則老師怎麼不早點教我?! 文/ 熊偌均 Melissa Hsiung
     due by Monday, September 18.
 
     Subject line: ELP quote and gmail address.

     Make sure to send it in plain text, not html.

    
Also subscribe to the New York Times news digest,
     and state that you did so in your email (as in the model).
     Today's Headlines: https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/todaysheadlines
     Other email newsletters: https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters
     The New York Times homepage:
http://www.nytimes.com/


     Leave only one blank line between paragraphs, not two!

6.
 Every Monday, you will hand in on paper, and also upload to Google Drive:
    1. a summary of your class notes from the previous week.
    2. a summary of one or more of the CET 師德 articles online. This week:

        大師開講 — 提升聽力祕訣:每天請聽「回音」十分鐘(上、下) in No. 69 & 70,
        January/February p. 8-10 & March/April 2012, p.12-14.
        These articles explain in Chinese how the "Echo Method" of language learning works.
    3. There will also be weekly listening and other assignments.

Format for name on homework – in upper right hand corner, left justified:

    Rita Lin 林玉梅
    B01102000
    ELP  September 12, 2016
    Week One

    Use:
Times New Roman 12 pt for text,
              
Lucida Sans Unicode 10.5pt for IPA symbols,
              新細明體 12pt
for 中文


     i2Speak IPA input tool:
     http://www.i2speak.com/

     Convert to pdf format before printing out to avoid encoding errors.

7. The Echo Method.

8.
Poetry: Limerick MP3; handout on prosody and literary terms
 
     There once was an old man from Esser,
     Whose knowledge grew lesser and lesser;
     It at last grew so small,
     He knew nothing at all,
     And now he's a college professor.


Week 2: September 18-25:
1. Enrollment, email format, Google Drive, other class business.

2. Discuss CET 師德 articles:
    大師開講 — 提升聽力祕訣:每天請聽「回音」十分鐘(上、下) in No. 69 & 70,
    January/February p. 8-10 & March/April 2012, p.12-14.

    Also:  英文 Email 潛規則老師怎麼不早點教我?!
    Hand in paper notes; make sure pdf version is in your Google Drive folder.
    For next week class notes and notes on CET 3 (#71) : 提升聽力祕訣: /i/ 和 /ɪ/ 的辨別;
    also upload to Google Drive.


3. Mark Zuckerberg's speech in Chinese at Tsinghua University Beijing, Oct. 25, 1015.


4. One Small Step Can Change Your Life: with Kaizen

5. Review limerick.

6. Print and bring to every class: IPA symbols handout
.

7.
Reading and phrasing practice: Print out The Crow and the Water Jar (unpunctuated)
     
Punctuate the story correctly, and practice reading with good phrasing, first in Chinese, then in English.
     
Try it yourself first; then get some help by listening to this MP3 file.


8.
Breaktime music: It's My Life by Bon Jovi     unplugged version    lyrics
     Referred to in the lyrics: My Way by Frank Sinatra   live in concert   lyrics
     "Tommy and Gina" are featured in the Bon Jovi song Livin' on a Prayer    live   lyrics


9. Book sharing: The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics
     by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith.


Week 3: September 25-30:
1. Discuss email and format issues.
    Remember to print on both sides of the paper!
    Name and other information in upper right hand corner of the page;
    and use the correct fonts!
    Watch your grammar: always PROOFREAD before handing in your work!
    Let me know if you still haven't been added to Google Drive.
    Make sure you send your quote in PLAIN TEXT! And note CORRECT EMAIL FORMAT!
    Make sure ALL class-related mail has "ELP" in the subject line.

2. Submit class notes, notes on summary of CET 3 (#71) : 提升聽力祕訣: /i/ 和 /ɪ/ 的辨別;
     also upload to Google Drive.
     for Saturday 9/30: notes on CET 4 (#72:)「重音」真的很重要!
 
3. Dictation: /i/ vs. /ɪ/.


4. Reading and phrasing practice: Print out The Crow and the Water Jar (unpunctuated)
     
Punctuate the story correctly, and practice reading with good phrasing, first in Chinese, then in English.
     
Try it yourself first; then get some help by listening to this MP3 file.


5. Book sharing: Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win
     by Jocko Willink and Lief Babin. 2017.   TEDx talk by Jocko Willink.

6.
Breaktime music: Honesty   by   Billy Joel    Live in concert 2010      Lyrics

7. We will have a make-up class on Saturday September 30!


Week 4: September 30-October 2:
1. Submit class notes, notes on summary of CET 4 (#72:)「重音」真的很重要!;
     also upload to Google Drive.
     for Monday 10/02: notes on CET 5 (#73:) 英語教學死角:複合名詞重音

2. Dictation: /ɪp/ vs. /ip/.
     Make sure you have the IPA symbols handout with you.


3. Reading and phrasing practice: Print out The Crow and the Water Jar (unpunctuated)
     
Punctuate the story correctly, and practice reading with good phrasing, first in Chinese, then in English.
     
Try it yourself first; then get some help by listening to this MP3 file.


4. Book sharing: Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike, by Phil Knight.

5.
Breaktime music: If Not Now   by Tracy Chapman     lyrics


Week 5: October 2-16:
1. Submit class notes, notes on summary of CET 5 (#73:) 英語教學死角:複合名詞重音;
     also upload to Google Drive.
     for Monday 10/16: class notes and notes on CET 6 (#74:) 抑揚頓挫:英語的語調和斷句;
     also upload to Google Drive.

2. Compound noun stress exercise; due Monday 10/16.
    Here is a second exercise in compound noun stress for further practice.


3. Dictation: /-ɪt/ vs. /-id/: how to tell the difference between voiceless vs. voiced final stops.
     Make sure you have the IPA symbols handout with you.


4. Reading and phrasing practice: The Crow and the Water Jar
     
Practice reading with good phrasing; get some help by listening to this MP3 file.


5. Transcription exercise: Yellow Horses,
     Entire original podcast   from Betty in the Sky with a Suitcase

6.
Book sharing: If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?:
     My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating, by Alan Alda

7.
Breaktime music: If Not Now   by Tracy Chapman     lyrics


Week 6: October 16-23:
1.  Discuss and hand in class notes and notes on CET 6 (#74:) 抑揚頓挫:英語的語調和斷句;
     also upload to Google Drive.
For next Monday 10/23: class notes and notes on:
     CET 7 (#75) Stop at stops! —— 遇到塞音請停! in No. 75, January/February 2013, p. 12-14.
     Keep up your 10-minutes-a-day Echo practice.


2. Go over: Compound noun stress exercise.
     Finish this second exercise on compound noun stress for 10/23.


3. Dictation and quiz:
    a. Dictaton: /-æk/ vs. /-eɪk/, e.g. tack vs. take.
    Make sure you have the IPA symbols handout with you.
    b. Quiz on marking phrasal and compound noun stress.

4. Finish: Reading and phrasing practice: The Crow and the Water Jar
     
Practice reading with good phrasing; get some help by listening to this MP3 file.


5. Go over Transcription exercise: Yellow Horses,
     Entire original podcast   from Betty in the Sky with a Suitcase

     Make sure your transcription has been uploaded to Google Drive.
     Get help from the 30 Tricks  ppt

6.
Breaktime music: Somewhere Only We Know   by Keane   video with lyrics    lyrics
     and: Eet   by Regina Spektor   lyrics    What city sound does the "Eet" chorus remind you of?



Week 7: October 23-30:
1.  Discuss and hand in class notes and notes on
   
 CET 7 (#75) Stop at stops! —— 遇到塞音請停!
     
For next Monday 10/30: read and take notes on
     CET 8 (#76) "-s" 和 "-ed" 詞尾 怎麼唸?;

     Keep up your 10-minutes-a-day Echo practice.

2. Go over: Compound noun stress exercise.

3. Reading and phrasing practice: The Crow and the Water Jar
     
Practice reading with good phrasing; get some help by listening to this MP3 file.


4.
Breaktime music: Stressed Out   by twenty one pilots    lyrics

5. Ching chong ling long ting tong: Original and apology:
Alexandra Wallace of UCLA   
     Song
by Jimmy Wong


Week 8: October 30-November 6:

1.  Discuss and hand in class notes and notes on
   
 CET 8 (#76) "-s" 和 "-ed" 詞尾 怎麼唸?
     
For next Monday 11/6: read and take notes on
     CET 9 & 10 (#77 & 78) 鼻音/m/、/n/ 與 /ŋ/ —— No problen? (上、下)
     in No. 77, May/June 2013, p. 12-14 and No. 78, July/August 2013, p. 12-14.

     Keep up your 10-minutes-a-day Echo practice.

2. Quiz on marking phrasal and compound noun stress.

3. Reading and phrasing practice: The Crow and the Water Jar
     
Practice reading with good phrasing; get some help by listening to this MP3 file.


4. Go over Transcription exercise: Yellow Horses,
     Entire original podcast   from Betty in the Sky with a Suitcase

     Make sure your transcription has been uploaded to Google Drive.
     Get help from the 30 Tricks  ppt

5. Breaktime music: Wonderful Baby   live, with commentary    in compilation   by Don McLean   lyrics
 
     Bonus Halloween music from last year:
     1. A novelty song that's a little creepy but mostly fun,
         and good rhythm practice:

         They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-haaa! (1966) by Napoleon XIV (Jerry Samuels)

     2. The Monster Mash     by Bobby Pickett     with lyrics   

Week 9: November 6-13:
1.  Discuss and hand in class notes and notes on
   
 CET 9 & 10 (#77 & 78) 鼻音/m/、/n/ 與 /ŋ/ —— No problen? (上、下)
     
For next Monday 11/13: read and take notes on
     a.
CET 11 (#79:) 台式英語罪魁禍首:/æ/、/ɛ/ 和 /eɪ/
     in No. 79, September/October 2013, p. 12-14, and
     b. this English Island article on how to use "will" and "would":
     會唱這兩首歌,就學會假設語氣
.

2.  Keep up your 10-minutes-a-day Echo practice.

     Class demonstration on how to do Echo practice on your own,
     using Mini-conversation 20. as an example.
     You'll perform Mini-conversation 20 in class with a partner on Monday 11/13.

3. Go over Transcription exercise: Yellow Horses,
     Entire original podcast   from Betty in the Sky with a Suitcase

     Make sure your transcription has been uploaded to Google Drive.
     Get help from the 30 Tricks  ppt

4. Reading and phrasing practice: The Crow and the Water Jar
     
Practice reading with good phrasing; get some help by listening to this MP3 file.


5. Breaktime music: Reggae music: Running Away    by Bob Marley & The Wailers    lyrics
     sung in Jamaican Patois (aka Jamaican Creole)       humorous Patois lesson


Week 10: November 13-20:
1.  Discuss and hand in class notes and notes on
     a. CET 11 (#79:) 台式英語罪魁禍首:/æ/、/ɛ/ 和 /eɪ/ and
     b. this English Island article on how to use "will" and "would":
     會唱這兩首歌,就學會假設語氣
.

     
For next Monday 11/20: read and take notes on
     a.
CET 12 (#80) 英語發音百樂篇(一): Pronunciation Potluck (1)
     in No. 80, November/December 2013, p. 12-14, and also on:
     b. this November 2016 English Island article on the effect of Chinese subtitles
     on English listening skills
: 看「中文字幕」會影響英文聽力嗎?.

2.  Performance of Mini-conversation 20 in class with a partner;
     class feedback: postponed till 11/20 so everybody can prepare better!
     Keep up your 10-minutes-a-day Echo practice.

3. Go over Transcription exercise: Yellow Horses,
     Entire original podcast   from Betty in the Sky with a Suitcase

     Make sure your transcription has been uploaded to Google Drive.
     Get help from the 30 Tricks  ppt

4. Reading and phrasing practice: The Crow and the Water Jar
    Practice reading with good phrasing; get some help by listening to this MP3 file.

5. Breaktime music: Imagine   by John Lennon    lyrics     chosen by Henry Hung 洪士.


Week 11: November 20-27:
1.  Discuss and hand in class notes and notes on
     a.CET 12 (#80) 英語發音百樂篇(一): Pronunciation Potluck (1) ; and also on:
     b. this November 2016 English Island article on the effect of Chinese subtitles
     on English listening skills
: 看「中文字幕」會影響英文聽力嗎?.

     
For next Monday 11/27: read and take notes on
     a.
CET 13 (#81) 英語發音百樂篇(二): Pronunciation Potluck (2)
     about /ju/ vs. /u/ the deaspiration of /p/, /t/, and /k/ after /s/;
     the pronunciation of /ʒ/ and /dʒ/; also /dz/ vs. /z/, and /ts/ vs. /s/;
     in No. 81, January/February 2014, p. 12-14, and also on:
     b. this June 2016 English Island article on how to answer
     a question containing negation:
到底是Yes還是No?.
     To access this and other English Island articles, you will need to register on the site –
     it's free, and comes with no obligations.

2.  Performance of Mini-conversation 20 in class with a partner
     (postponed from 11/13); class feedback.
     For next Monday 11/27: Mini-conversation 17  MP3
     Do Echo practice on it for 10-minutes-a-day every day
     till you can perform it without using conscious effort to recall the lines!
     Use the ready-made Echo file!

3. Finish going over the Yellow Horses transcription exercise.
     Entire original podcast   from Betty in the Sky with a Suitcase

     Make sure your transcription has been uploaded to Google Drive.
     Get help from the 30 Tricks  ppt
     Try using oTranscribe for your transcriptions.Thanks to Crystal for suggesting this resource!

4. Reading and phrasing practice: The Crow and the Water Jar
    Practice reading with good phrasing; get some help by listening to this MP3 file.

5. Breaktime Music: Brave    by Sara Bareilles     lyrics


Week 12: November 27-December 4:
1.  Discuss and hand in class notes and notes on
     a. CET 13 (#81) 英語發音百樂篇(二): Pronunciation Potluck (2);
     here is an audio file to help with /dʒ/ (e.g. "major") and /ʒ/ (e.g. "measure");
     and also on:
     b. this December 2016 English Island article on how to answer
     a question containing negation:
到底是Yes還是No?.
     To access this and other English Island articles,
     you will need to register on the site –
     it's free, and comes with no obligations.

     
For next Monday 12/04: read and take notes on
     a.
CET 14 (#82) 英語發音百樂篇(三): Pronunciation Potluck (3)
     is about the pronunciation of “th”, “x” and “r",
     in No. 82, March/April 2014, p. 12-14, and
     b. this October 2016 English Island article about being careful to avoid
     vulgar words in your English:
你有沒有不小心 講出「限制級英文」?
     To access this and other English Island articles, you will need
     to register on the site – it's free, and comes with no obligations.

2.  Performance of Mini-conversation 17  MP3
     Do Echo practice on it for 10-minutes-a-day every day
     till you can perform it without using conscious effort to recall the lines!
     Use the ready-made Echo file!

     For next Monday 12/04, practice for 10 MINUTES DAILY to prepare
     for performance of mini-conversation #14. Use the ready-made Echo file!

3. Continue going over the Yellow Horses transcription exercise.
    Entire original podcast   from Betty in the Sky with a Suitcase

    Make sure your transcription has been uploaded to Google Drive.
    Get help from the 30 Tricks  ppt
    Try using oTranscribe for your transcriptions.
    Thanks to Crystal for suggesting this resource!

4. Breaktime Music: Free Fallin'    video with lyrics    by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers    lyrics    
    Song suggested by Ray Lin 林叡


Week 13: December 4-11:
1.  Discuss and hand in class notes and notes on
     a. CET 14 (#82) 英語發音百樂篇(三): Pronunciation Potluck (3),
     about the pronunciation of “th”, “x” and “r", and
     b. the October 2016 English Island article 你有沒有不小心 講出「限制級英文」?.

     
For next Monday 12/11: read and take notes on
     a.
CET 15 (#83) 英語發音百樂篇(四): Pronunciation Potluck (4)
     (the pronunciation of “w”, “wh” and “h”; nasal plosion; schwa elision),

     in No. 83, May/June 2014, p. 12-14, and
     b. this February 2017 English Island article about the correct use
     of "hope" and "wish":
希望、祝福、許願 英文怎麼說?
     
2.  Performance of mini-conversation #14   MP3   Echo file
     For next Monday: miniconversation #12   MP3   Echo file


3. Finish going over the Yellow Horses transcription exercise.
    Entire original podcast   from Betty in the Sky with a Suitcase

    Make sure your transcription has been uploaded to Google Drive.
    Get help from the 30 Tricks  ppt
    Try using oTranscribe for your transcriptions.
    Thanks to Crystal for suggesting this resource!

4. We'll finish reading The Crow and the Water Jar aloud after
    we're done with the Yellow Horses transcription, so do practice!
    Pay attention to good phrasing; get some help by listening to this MP3 file.

5. Here are some great online vocabulary flashcards, with audio,
    created by TA Andrea Lay 賴宜謙, for anybody interested!

6.
Breaktime Music: Demons    video with lyrics    by Imagine Dragons   lyrics    


Week 14: December 11-18:
1.  Discuss and hand in class notes and notes on
     a. CET 15 (#83) 英語發音百樂篇(四): Pronunciation Potluck (4)
     (the pronunciation of “w”, “wh” and “h”; nasal plosion; schwa elision),

     in No. 83, May/June 2014, p. 12-14, and
     b. this February 2017 English Island article about the correct use
     of "hope" and "wish":
希望、祝福、許願 英文怎麼說?

     
For next Monday 12/18: read and take notes on
     a.
notes on CET 16 (issue #84) and CET 17 (issue #85):
     Do not 和 don’t意思一樣嗎?英語的縮讀字(上、下), and

     b. this July 2016 English Island article about Chinese grammar
     you use but may not have noticed:
看不見的文法.
     
2.  Performance of miniconversation #12   MP3   Echo file


3. Finish going over the Yellow Horses transcription exercise.
    Entire original podcast   from Betty in the Sky with a Suitcase

    Make sure your transcription has been uploaded to Google Drive.
    Get help from the 30 Tricks  ppt
    Try using oTranscribe for your transcriptions.
   
4. We'll finish reading The Crow and the Water Jar aloud after
    we're done with the Yellow Horses transcription, so do practice!
    Pay attention to good phrasing; get some help by listening to this MP3 file.

5. Here are some great online vocabulary flashcards (alternate URL), with audio,
    created by TA Andrea Lay 賴宜謙, for anybody interested!

6.
Breaktime Music: Masters of War  by Bob Dylan   lyrics


Week 15: December 18-25:
1.  Discuss and hand in class notes and notes on
     a.
notes on CET 16 (issue #84) and CET 17 (issue #85):
     Do not 和 don’t意思一樣嗎?英語的縮讀字(上、下), an
d
     b. this July 2016 English Island article about Chinese grammar
     you use but may not have noticed:
看不見的文法.
     
For next Monday 12/25: read and take notes on
     a. CET 18 (#86) 次重音:次要的重音還是很重要!
     b. also read and take notes on the June 2016
     English Island article: 中文變好,英文也跟著好了
.


2.  Find a partner and together choose a mini-conversation
     to perform next Monday 12/25. Use the MP3 file and Echo file to practice
     for at least 10 minutes every day. Google anything you don't understand,
     or post questions in our fb group, or email Prof. Chung for help.
     Find a time to meet with your partner before Monday's class, if possible,
     so you can practice your interactions and timing together.


3. We'll finish reading The Crow and the Water Jar today.
     Pay attention to good phrasing; get some help by listening to this MP3 file.

     In next Monday's notes, include a discussion of what you got out of the assignment.

4. New transcription exercise: Stay Tuned with Preet Bharara,
     Live, with Hasan Minhaj, December 14, 2017.
     Transcribe this excerpt from this podcast, recorded live.
     Try using oTranscribe for your transcriptions.

     There will be lots of hesitations, false starts, fragments, and interruptions,
     but it has a great message! Just do your best!
     Three hints: 1. "Kanye" and "Kanye juice" (i.e. acting as self-confident
     as Kanye West). 2. Prom: A formal dance held in 11th and/or 12th grade.
     3. Salisbury steak: A "steak" formed from ground beef and topped with gravy.
     Original podcast page
     Due next Monday, Dec. 25. Print out your transcription
     and upload it to Google Drive.

5.  Due January 1: Prepare:
     (I) a written evaluation of this semester's class and
     (II) an organized summary of your class notes, in two separate pdf files:

I. End-of-semester evaluation:
   Part 1: evaluate the class, materials, teacher, syllabus, homework assignments,
what was most and least useful, things that could be improved, and how
— everything about the class this semester.
   Part 2: Evaluate yourself: Attendance and punctuality, homework submission,
how much you learned from the class, how much effort you put into this class,
   Part 3: How do you plan to continue improving your English in general and
your English listening and pronunciation skills in particular?

II. Organized summary of your class notes:
   Go through all your old notes, and organize them into a summary of main points.
You do not have to include every single detail from your notes; try rather to combine
notes that are about the same thing and to generalize.

Format and submission instructions: Convert your files to pdf format
before emailing both files to Prof. Chung at: feathermountain@gmail.com


6. Breaktime Music: Diamonds and Rust (1975)   by Joan Baez    lyrics


Week 16: December 25-January 1:
1.  Discuss and hand in class notes and notes on
     a. CET 18 (#86) 次重音:次要的重音還是很重要!
     b. also read and take notes on the June 2016
     English Island article: 中文變好,英文也跟著好了
.


2.  You will perform, together with your partner, perform the mini-conversation
      you chose for the oral part of your final exam grade.
      The final exam will be held on Monday, January 8 in the same classroom as usual.

3. Don't forget to mail your final evaluation and summary of notes to feathermountain@gmail.com
    by Monday, January 1, 2018!

4. We'll mark your transcriptions of the Stay Tuned with Preet Bharara exercise.
    Transcribe this excerpt from this podcast, recorded live.
    Try using oTranscribe for your transcriptions.

     Original podcast page


5.
Breaktime music: A very old Irish Christmas carol: The Wexford Carol,
     with Yo-Yo Ma and Alison Krauss    history and lyrics



Week 17: January 1-8
No class on January 1 due to New Year holiday;
however, final evaluations and summaries are due today.
Make sure you sent them to: feathermountain@gmail.com.


Week 18: January 8
ELP final exam: Monday, January 8, 2018 at 3:30-5:20pm in 外教 206
You will perform your selected mini-conversation with your partner(s)
for the oral part of your final exam grade;
there will also be a written examination and a dictation.
Pay special attention to these articles: CET 5, 6, 7 and 8.
Make sure any back homework is handed in by TODAY
and also uploaded to Google Drive.
No grade will be submitted for you without a final evaluation and summary,
or if any Google Drive work is missing.

Book sharing: 英漢語信息結構對比研究. 1998. 張今 張克定著. 鄭州: 河南大學出版社.


Important dates for Fall 2017:
Cancel-add: September 11-23

Application period for withdrawing from a course:
September 25-December 8
Finalization of class schedules:
October 2-6
Mid-Autumn Festival holiday (no class):
October 4
Double Tenth National Day holiday
(no class):
Monday and Tuesday, October 9-10
Online application for exemption from advanced English class:
October 16-20 (tentative)
Mid-semester online student course evaluations:
October 30-November 10
Mid-terms
(no midterm will be given for this class): November 6-10
NTU Campus Fair:
Sunday, November 12
Anniversary of the Founding of Taiwan University (no class):
Wednesday, November 15
New Year's Day/Founding Day of the ROC
(no class): Monday, January 1, 2018
End-of-semester online student course evaluations:
December 22, 2017-January 4, 2018
Last day of class:
Friday, January 5, 2018
Final exams:
January 8-12, 2018
Freshman English final exam:
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 in 外教101
Winter break:
January 15-February 25, 2018
Chinese New Year's Eve:
Thursday, February 15, 2018


Goals of Course:

     The main goals of this course are (1) to teach you how to listen; this will be done mainly by listening to audio and video files online and answering comprehension questions on them; and (2) to improve your pronunciation.

     Listening and pronunciation are probably the two weakest links in English education in Taiwan (though even those of you who have been educated in English abroad may find you have things to learn from this class). Rather than complain about what you didn't get in the past, we encourage you to focus on the here and now – there's still time to fix things. But you must be committed. The things you learn in this class are not assignments to be completed to earn a grade and then forgotten. They will require behavior modification on your part. Anybody knows how hard a habit is to break, and poor pronunciation habits present an especially stubborn case. Producing the correct sounds in class is easy – using them consistently when you're supposed to is the tough part! You will need to tire yourself out for a few weeks or months relearning the way you speak English. It will be well worth it – you'll sound absolutely wonderful every time you speak English for the rest of your life! You can sound like a native  but you have to really, really want it!

     One very important reason to fix your pronunciation is to show respect for other people. When you speak with a heavy foreign accent, other people have to strain to understand you, and that makes them very tired. When you speak clearly and correctly, you make life easier and happier for everybody you come in contact with.

Course Materials and Activities:

     No textbook is assigned; most class materials will be available through this Website and the Internet. However, if you feel you need extra work on your pronunciation, you might want to consider buying the following textbook with CD recordings:

     Gilbert, Judy. Clear Speech. 4th edition, with CD. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

     Here's a very useful pdf by Judy, entitled: Six Pronunciation Priorities for the Beginning Student

     and another called Teaching Pronunciation: Using the Prosody Pyramid.

      Handouts will be mainly be posted on this site and will not be distributed in class.

     Occasional quizzes will be given, usually dictations or ones requiring you to distinguish between correct and incorrect pronunciations.

     Pronunciation and grammar journal: You are required to keep a running record of specific sounds and other areas you need to work on in your pronunciation in a small notebook, based on feedback you receive in class. You are also required to note down grammar points discussed in class and corrections you receive orally or in your written work. You are expected to have your journal open and ready throughout each class, without being reminded.

     Grades for the course will be based on: attendance and punctuality, class performance and participation, listening assignments, quizzes, progress made, attitude, and the final exam.


Input tools:
i2Speak IPA input tool:
http://www.i2speak.com/

Another IPA input interface:
http://westonruter.github.com/ipa-chart/keyboard/

Pinyin tone tool: Adds tone markings over correct vowels
to pinyin marked with tone numbers
http://toshuo.com/chinese-tools/pinyin-tone-tool/

Dictionaries and reference tools:
youpronounce.it (check English pronunciations in context with YouTube videos)
http://youpronounce.it/


How to choose a dictionary

http://www.wikihow.com/Choose-a-Dictionary

Merriam-Webster
(American English)
http://www.merriam-webster.com/

Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (American and British English)
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/

Macmillan Dictionary (American and British English)
http://www.macmillandictionary.com/

About Poetry: English Prosody Plus Selected Literary Terms handout.
(Refer to this for definitions of terms like iambic, doggerel, and synaesthesia)

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