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Regional accents/phrases?

 
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bozzy



Joined: 03 May 2012
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 5:52 pm    Post subject: Regional accents/phrases? Reply with quote

I would like to know if anyone has any helpful hints in regards to regional accents and phrases.

I am from NJ, the southern part closer to Philadelphia, and I am very guilty of peppering my speech with "yo", "youse" and other incorrect words. Since my ESL students will deal with these phrases outside of the classroom, how do I show them what they mean without reinforcing negative speech patterns?
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haloolah



Joined: 26 Feb 2011
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 11:13 pm    Post subject: accents/regional variations Reply with quote

Hi there -

There is Standard American English and then there are regional differences. And you need to tell the truth: that some regional differences have negative connotations while others do not. That isn't reinforcing any negative usage - that's just telling the truth. you want to maximize their changes of passing TOEFL or IELTS, right? Then they need to speak SAE. That's just the truth of it. In the south, it's Y'all - and that clearly would not be accepting in TOEFL. So you just have to teach the standard and then note that "out on the street" you will hear X, Y and Z..........
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