Cognisance of how people perceive, form and use speech sounds when communicating is foundational knowledge for speech pathologists. By transcribing normal speech, students will learn and apply the International Phonetic Alphabet. This will also enable them to learn about phonetics -the science of speech-which involves acoustics and exploration of how the vocal tract relates to the different speech sounds. This will also enable them to learn about phonology; the domain of linguistics devoted to speech sounds and their patterns, within and across languages.  Students will also explore relevant branches of linguistics, such as sociolinguistics, to understand the influence of development, culture and place on the sound patterns of languages in the Australian context, including Australian Aboriginal English. Students will reflect on speech as a cultural phenomenon and their own associated personal values.

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EDT1002 - Grammar and Linguistics for Language Teachers

EEC4102 - Literacy Across the Continuum 2

And 96 credit points of core first year HBSL units.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Discriminate between all consonant and vowel sounds in terms of articulatory and acoustic phonetics;  
  2. Execute on-line transcriptions of speech sounds in isolation, words, phrases and discourse using the International Phonetic Alphabet symbols and conventions, as relevant to the Australian context to entry level standard, as defined by the professional standards of Speech Pathology Australia;  
  3. Elucidate the difference between phonetics and phonology;  
  4. Differentiate between and explain why differences occur in speech sounds patterns across groups; and  
  5. Determine personal values in relation to speech as a cultural phenomenon.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Other Transcriptions of spoken speech sounds (1hr) 30%
Test Quiz on content covered in first half of unit (30mins) 15%
Presentation Group presentation explaining the sound usage of an allocated case (10mins) 25%
Test Test on content covered in second half of unit (1hr) 30%
Total word equivalence is 3000-4000 words.

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