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Language Acquisition 2: From Ash to Affricate


Admission requirements



  1. Pronunciation (tutorial). The course aims to help you improve your English pronunciation. Not only will you be analysing and practicing individual sounds; intonation, stress and rhythm are also part of the programme, especially in the second part of the course.

  2. Varieties of English (lecture). Although the language labs focus on either British or American English, these are not the only important varieties of English in the world. For that reason, you will also be learning to recognise and describe the most dominant varieties of English in the world and the connotations of the various accents.

Course objectives

  • Pronounce British or American English naturally and intelligibly, approaching near-native level as much as possible

  • Identify and describe other students’ pronunciation issues

  • Understand the connotations of varieties of English

  • Identify the pronunciation characteristics of international varieties of English


The timetable will be available by June 1st on the website

Mode of instruction

One 45-minute lecture and one 45-minute tutorial per week.

Course Load

The course load of this course is 140 hours.

  • Study weekly reading material: 70 uur

  • 2×12 classes: 18 uur

  • Exams: 3 uur

  • Exam preparation: 49 uur

Assessment method

  • Multilpe-choice exam: 50%

  • Oral exam: 50%


This course is supported by blackboard.

Reading list

Smakman, D. (2012). The accent builder. A British English pronunciation course for speakers of Dutch. Leiden: Leiden University Press.


First year students will be assigned to a tutor group. All other students (including exchange students) must see the coordinator of studies and register with her. If you have any questions, please contact the departmental office, tel. 071 5272144 or mail:

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Registration via Studeren à la carte
Registration via Contractonderwijs


English Language and Culture departmental office, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102C. Tel. 071 5272144;
Coordinator of studies: Ms T.D. Obbens, MA, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 103C.