UCL Psychology and Language Sciences


Summer Course in English Phonetics

SCEP 2020: 10-21 August

We regret to announce that due to the international health situation SCEP will not take place this summer. We look forward to seeing you at a future date. 



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Whether you're a teacher or student or a fan of English, whatever your native language (including English), come and study English phonetics for two weeks at University College London! You can brush up your knowledge of the theoretical side of phonetics and bring yourself up-to-date on new developments. Or you may want the opportunity to do some ear-training and listening practice under the guidance of specialist tutors. Or you may just want to improve your own English pronunciation. It's all available on UCL's long-established annual Summer Course in English Phonetics.

SCEP Question Time

At UCL we are enthusiastic about the study of pronunciation and how to teach it. For a century, we have been the world's leading university department for English Phonetics—our tradition was established by Daniel Jones, and continued by A.C.Gimson, and J.C.Wells, all scholars with a world-wide reputation.

The Course covers all the main aspects of English phonetics:

  • phonemic system (vowels and consonants)
  • segmental analysis (allophonic processes)
  • word stress
  • weakening and coarticulation processes
  • sentence stress (accent, tones)
  • intonation and meaning

SCEP Jane Setter group

These topics will be investigated both in lectures and in practical classes. We deal with both speaking and listening. You will get plenty of practice in pronunciation performance (sounds in isolation and, more importantly, in connected speech) and in auditory discrimination (ear-training).

Practical groups will be kept small (not more than about ten people), and will be streamed according to students' level of ability. We expect to have separate groups at various levels for 

  • teachers of English as a foreign language
  • undergraduate students of English
  • university academics and postgraduates

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