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Admission requirements

‘N.B. Course descriptions are subject to change’

There are no admission requirements.


Students learn to produce, recognize, transcribe, and analyze speech sounds during the lectures and the practice sessions. They will be confronted with speech sounds they are familiar with and with speech sounds they are less familiar with among consonants, vowels and tone.
The course consists of a one hour lecture (held twice, once in English, once in Dutch) followed by a one hour practice session where students learn how to produce the speech sounds. The course is supported by a custom-made digital course helping the students to recognize and to describe speech sounds.

Course objectives

The course has four main objectives:

  • learning how to produce speech sounds

  • learning how to recognize speech sounds

  • learning to transcribe speech sounds according to the alphabet op the IPA (International Phonetics Association)

  • learning how to analyze and describe speech sounds


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

Seminar + Practice session

Assessment method

Written examination with closed and open questions: 60%
Dictation: 20%
Oral exam: 20%

All exams have the possibility of a resit.
The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.

Exam review

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

No reading list..


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on this website

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Contractonderwijs possible


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Reuvensplaats


This course is parallel to the Dutch course Klanken van de Wereld. If you are a native speaker fo Dutch, please register for Klanken van de Wereld.
First year’s students BA Linguistics will be enrolled in the seminars of this course by the Education Administration Office.