Tuesday 27 December 2011

Quick Tip: Expose Your Students to Different Accents

People usually consider Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK, and the US to be the 7 countries where English are spoken. While there are others that have English as an official language these 7 countries are what most immigration officers and employers would consider when they are looking for an English teacher.

Therefore you should try to expose your students to different accents as well. With the internet it's easy to find material, such as news or Youtube, that has information in these different accents. Once your students get good enough, you could expose them to different accents within these countries, i.e., a Manchunian accent vs a Glaswegian accent.

This will help your students when they work, study, or travel abroad and are faced with people who speak English differently.  Don't forget to allow them to listen to non-native English speakers. They should also get used to these accents, a German speaking English, for example.

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