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Near-native pronunciation? Who cares?

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It will be hard to find a Dutchmen under 50 years old who is not able to understand and speak English. Dutch pupils in secondary education spend about 4 hours a week studying grammar, reading texts, listening to conversations and giving presentations, all in English and that for four to six years. They even study cultural and historical aspects of the English speaking world. Music, films and playing online-computer games all add to a better understanding of the English language. The quality of most Dutch vowels and consonants are quite close to the quality of many English vowels and consonants. Most of the time an English utterance produced with Dutch vowel and consonant qualities will still be easily understood by native speakers of English. Phonological interference does not automatically make a Dutchman’s English unintelligible. However, why is it so easy to recognise a Dutchman as being Dutch while speaking English? Would it not be worthwhile to try and achieve a near-native accent for our pupils and students?

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OrganisatieFontys Hogescholen
OpleidingLeraar Engels (Sittard)
AfdelingFontys Lerarenopleiding Sittard
Gepubliceerd inPronSig. Speak Out! 51 IATEFL, Faversham UK, Vol. 2014, Uitgave: 51, Pagina's: 42-46
Datum2014-09-19
TypeArtikel
TaalEngels

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