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Teaching pronunciation for begiiners

 
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Metamorfose



Joined: 21 Jul 2003
Posts: 345
Location: Brazil

PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2004 4:25 pm    Post subject: Teaching pronunciation for begiiners Reply with quote

Hello

Some teachers here have a kind of concensus that you must choose one pattern of accent to teach beginners, so if one chooses General American model, this teacher should carry on with "American" based textbooks and tapes and the same goes for "British" ( I know that this is too much of simplification dividing English into "American" and "British", but I'm only doing this for that's not my point here.)

My question is, I know that few are the foreigners who have never been abroad (like me!) who are capable of reaching native speaker accent, so is that so terrible for students listen to their teachers with one standard (I have choosen Southern English as a model.) and the material they have with a different standard (American for instance)?

Thanks

Josť
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bigdave



Joined: 17 Oct 2004
Posts: 9

PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2004 12:26 pm    Post subject: Don't Do Your Students The Disfavor Reply with quote

I try to vary the accents my students hear. By the way I talk...the materials I use...guests to the classroom...media tools...etc.

How do we know what are students will do with what we teach them...or where they will go...and who they will meet.

Imagine yourself in your students shoes. Your teacher only teaches one way of speaking...American accent for example. After you "learn" English...you go to England to visit a friend. You are going to have to do some work to learn some new stuff.

I do what I can to teach them various forms and accents as I go.

IMHO...and two cents worth...

Your Friend In Brazil,

David A. Bailey, Jr
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revel



Joined: 06 Jan 2004
Posts: 532

PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2004 8:03 am    Post subject: Reference Reply with quote

Hey all!

Please see the essays I have written on pronunciation in this thread.

peace,
revel.
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