Introduction to Applied Phonetics

Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Enforced requisite: course 20 with grade of B- or better. Not open for credit to students with credit for course 103. Basics of articulation and acoustics of phonetic categories used in world's languages, including English in comparison with other languages. Practice in speech-sound perception and transcription using International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). Applications to language learning/teaching and other fields. P/NP or letter grading.

Review Summary

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    Quarter Taken: Winter 2021 Online
    Grade: A+

    This class was great in my opinion. At first, I was pretty stressed out by the many quizzes, since some quizzes felt impossible to get any points on, especially due to the time limits on them. However, Prof Bell changed the quizzes to not have any time limit, which helped a lot. She was in general very accommodating and receptive to feedback about the course structure.

    Lectures were quite useful, but I didn't find the textbook to be all that useful. There is definitely a lot to learn in the class and it was sometimes hard to keep up with all the stuff we had to learn, but the quizzes definitely helped reinforce material and give hands-on practice with transcriptions, vowel/consonant recognition, etc.

    The whole class was graded on a "skills-mastery" system. Essentially, each question you get right on a quiz gives you a skill-mastery point for the category of the quiz. Once you reach a specific threshold for that category, you're good to go for the rest of the quarter. Any points you don't get for the quiz do _not_ count against you, you can essentially only gain points as the quarter goes on. This personally alleviated a lot of my stress for grades, since I could track my progress and know that I wouldn't get screwed over by a bad quiz/assignment.

    Aside from weekly batches of quizzes, there were 2 homework assignments that were straightforward and generously graded. There was also a take-home final over CCLE that was similarly generously graded.

    Overall, this was a great class! Professor Bell and all the TAs were super helpful, passionate, and engaging. There were also a number of guest lectures that were super cool. I would definitely recommend this class!


Elise Bell
Previously taught
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  • Attendance required

  • 0 midterms

  • Finals week final

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