Trinity Diploma – The Phonology Interview


October 5, 2013 by gemmalunn

After two pretty stressful and sleep deprived weeks I finally completed the Trinity Diploma practical block. I didn’t have the chance to blog during the two weeks – ha this seems like such a ridiculous thing to have even said I’d try now!

So here is the first of a few posts related to the practical block of the Diploma. This post may also be useful for those taking MAs in Applied Linguistics / ELT / TESOL etc as if the course contains a phonology module this might end with exam which includes a transcription.

Make sure you are friendly with the phonemic chart!

The Diploma Phonology interview is 30 minutes in total and is broken down in the following way:

5 minutes – presentation on an area of phonology which your students have had trouble with, you need to demonstrate how you helped them address this problem.

5 minutes – ‘chat’ with the examiner about your presentation.

5 minutes – transcription.

15 minutes – another ‘chat’ with the examiner on both theoretical and practical areas of phonology and phonetics.

I’d recommend starting your preparation for the phonology presentation and interview by watching these OxfordTEFL videos as they give you a good idea of the type of issue you’ll be expected to present and then the format of the post presentation chat and the final interview.

Next, when choosing a topic for your presentation choose a problem area that you are familiar with and that you have previously addressed as this means you’ll be more confident when presenting and discussing it. As your tutors will probably recommend, take in props such as classroom materials that you used as these will help you present more effectively.

To review terminology and for transcription practice I found Kelly’s book ‘How to teach pronunciation’ to be the most user friendly, the explanations are clear and the practice exercises are really useful. Despite not being the most accessible book Roach’s ‘English Phonetics & Phonology’ also has good practice exercises.

Last but most certainly not least, I found this website really useful and cannot recommend it highly enough for all areas of the Diploma –

This post was especially useful for the Phonology Interview, it contains a lot of vital information and tips. I found the links to Quizlet and the phoneme revision cards particularly helpful for memorising the place and manner of articulation of phonemes; something which might / will probably come up in the interview – it did in mine!

The above post contains so many useful tips that I think I’ll finish here and advise you check that out!!

Feel free to post any questions below regarding the Phonology Interview.

2 thoughts on “Trinity Diploma – The Phonology Interview

  1. […] recommended before in the post Trinity Diploma: The Phonology Interview, quizlet has set of cards on British English Phonemes: Place and manner of articulation you can […]

  2. […] when it comes to the DipTESOL phonology interview. You can find two great overviews about it from Gemma Lunn and Dave Dodgson. Both mention the example videos by Oxford TEFL, which I think are done by the […]

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