In this course students are assessed continually, both orally and in the written form. The English Phonetics and Phonology is a one-semester elective course. Please, read carefully through the rules below so that you are thoroughly familiar with particular features of the course assessment. At the bottom of the page there is an Excel file containing a detailed overall assessment of your coursework, including a breakdown of individual task scores as well as your final course grade. Please note that the names in the assessment table have been concealed to protect your personal data. You will be given a personal identification number (i.e. place/lines in the Excel file) in a separate email to sent your university email account.


The overall course assessment consists of FOUR ASSESSED TASKS. In other words, in order to pass the course a student has to complete four separate tasks. Each of the assessed tasks is worth 15 points (25%). All in all (four tasks put together), a student can collect a maximum of 60 points (100%). Here's the final grading scale: A = 60-56, B = 55-52, C = 51-48, D = 47-44, E = 43-39, Fx = 38-0

Currently (during Covid-19 2021-2022 semester), there are THREE types of assessed tasks: 1. The ORAL EXAM, 2. WRITTEN TEST, and 3. the SELF-DIAGNOSTIC TASK.

The ORAL EXAM: A student may be examined either during the instruction period in seminars (in-class oral exam) or during the examination period (examination period oral exam). One oral exam takes between 10 to 12 minutes. The teacher asks questions, the student gives answers, transcribes utterances, draws diagrams, etc. The oral examination task is assessed on the spot in grades A, B, C, D, E and Fx. For the purpose of overall course assessment the grades are then converted into points: A = 15 points, B = 13, C = 12, D = 11, E = 10, Fx = 0.

The WRITTEN TEST: This may take the form of a short mid-semester test (written during the instruction period) or a final test written during the examination period.

The SELF-DIAGNOSTIC TASK: This is a take-home assignment consisting of several excercises. At the beginning of the instruction period students have to record themselves reading a short passage and submit their recordings. Then, as we work our way through the topics in our syllabus, they do further work on the passage, transcribing and analysing it. The self-diagnostic task is then submitted in the last week of the instruction period. You can download the instructions for this task here: Self-diagnostic Task (instructions & worksheet)

Students combine their oral exams with their written tests and the self-diagnostic task in order to have FOUR completed tasks. Some will have completed four tasks by the end of the instruction period, others will have done so during the examination period. For example, those who by the end of the teaching period, have taken the mid-semester written test and submitted the self-diagnostic task, need to do two more tasks during the examination period. Analogically, someone who has taken a mid-semester test, has been examined orally and has submitted their self-diagnostic task, only needs one more task to do to be considered for the overall course assesment.

In seminars students can collect additional BONUS POINTS. These are awarded by the teacher for active participation in class (usually, a maximum of 2 points per one seminar).

If students fail to pass the course in their FIRST ATTEMPT (riadny termín), they are allowed, under university regulations, a SECOND ATTEMPT (opravný termín). The second attempt also consits of four assessed tasks. One of them is automatically transferred from the first assessment (the one which the student did best, i. e. with the highest score). The second task is the resubmitted self-diagnostic task (25%). The remaining two tasks will take the form of an oral exam during the examination period.