Pronunciation for the Non Native Speaker

I.     Course Prefix/Number: EGL 079

       Course Name: Pronunciation for the Non Native Speaker

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Placement in Oakton’s college ESL courses or consent of instructor or ESL coordinator.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course teaches pronunciation of standard American English. Content includes vowel and consonant production, stress and intonation, and allophonic and morphophonemic rules.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. The student will learn to recognize and systematically identify standard American speech sounds.
  2. The student will learn the fundamental physiology and function of the oral musculature to produce the American speech sounds and achieve an American prosody.
  3. The student will use practice material both in class and at home to provide for carry‑over into everyday conversational and employment needs.
  4. The student will receive critiques and progress information continuously throughout the term.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Explanation of anatomy and function
  2. Rationale for approach to vowel production and ear training
  3. Lax and tense vowel systems
  4. Diphthongs and consonants
  5. Sound rules for the addition of /ed/ or /s/
  6. Prosody explanation--stress patterns
  7. Reduced syllables
  8. Integration
  9. Glide and other "consonant/vowels."
  10. Recognition and production of "enigmatic protruded sibilants."
  11. Common and specific consonant problems.
  12. Rules for sound production in common prefixes and suffixes.
  13. Guidelines for words that start with vowel sounds

VII.  Methods of Instruction

  1. Lecture and practice of each concept presented at session.
  2. Practice materials to be taken home, given out at each session.
  3. All practice materials reviewed and critiqued at each session for every student; each student is given opportunities to practice in class.
  4. Practice tapes.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Students will give oral presentations of practice materials as well as spontaneous oral presentations.
  2. Students will listen to tapes whenever possible outside of class time.
  3. Students will practice at home and sometimes prepare written materials for presentation at the next class session.
  4. Students will be required to be prepared for extemporaneous oral presentations based on materials provided by the instructor.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton’s Schedule of Classes.

A list of materials may be obtained from the ESL Coordinator. Representative texts include:
Accent U.S.A., Ameri-Speak, Clear Speech, Pronouncing American English, Effectively Speaking, Academically Speaking.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Oral comments and critique of the student's sound production and student's over‑all dialect relative to the standard American dialect.

A base‑line taping will be made of the speech of each student at the first class meeting and an evaluation made of progress by comparing it to a final taping at the end of the course. Thus, each student will be judged on his/her own relative progress, not measured against the progress of other students.

XI.   Other Course Information

  • Attendance policy
  • For whatever information/procedures the instructor holds the student accountable.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.