Maricopa Community Colleges  COM120   20036-99999 
Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 03/25/03
COM120 20036-99999 LEC 3 Credit(s) 3 Period(s)
Pronunciation of American Speech
Analysis of American speech production problems due to accents produced by another language, correction of misarticulated American speech sounds, critical listening to sound production, understanding American English speech patterns, practicing American idioms and expressions, and preparing and delivering group and individual speech presentations. Prerequisites: None.
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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:
COM120   20036-99999 Pronunciation of American Speech
1. Identify the challenges of dealing with American English speech. (I)
2. Recognize his/her individual sound production. (II)
3. Listen for critical sound modification. (III)
4. Manage and create exercises for individual sound modification. (IV)
5. Reduce accent interference in speech production. (III, IV, V)
6. Define and explain American idioms and expressions. (V)
7. Use American idioms and expressions. (V)
8. Utilize modified speech patterns in group interaction skills. (VI)
9. Prepare and deliver an informative speech utilizing modified speech patterns. (VII)
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MCCCD Official Course Outline:
COM120   20036-99999 Pronunciation of American Speech
    I. Communicating in a Foreign Language
        A. Inherent difficulties
        B. Frustrations
        C. Challenges
      II. Analysis of Current American English Speech Production
          A. General American English speech
          B. Different American English dialects
          C. Placement of articulators to produce American English sounds
          D. Evaluation of student's own American English speech
            1. Reading
            2. Conversation
        III. Critical Listening to American English Sounds
            A. Word endings
            B. Individual sound differences
          IV. Construction of Exercises for Accent Reduction
              A. Individual sounds
              B. Rhythm in running speech
              C. Rate
              D. Stress
            V. American Idioms and Expressions
                A. Origin of idioms and expressions
                B. Current use in conversation
                C. Exercises for student's acquisition and recognition
              VI. Group Projects
                  A. Interaction in groups - students
                  B. Interaction in groups - students with mentors
                VII. Individual Informative Speeches
                    A. Preparation
                    B. Practice
                    C. Performance
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