Teaching Phonetics as Part of a Public Speaking Course for Non-linguists
The report is devoted to a particular aspect of ESP, namely teaching public speaking skills to students of non-linguistic humanities. It is argued that such skills can and must be taught for the sake of students' future success in their professionally oriented public speaking, and that such teaching must rely on and proceed from the phonetics of the language. The key issue under consideration here is how, while teaching the English language, to teach the English speech in its broadest sense, relying on the concepts of the pronunciation standard and articulation basis. Special emphasis is put on some cutting-edge practical teaching techniques as well as on the purposeful rhetorical use of phonetic properties of the language.