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The importance of a near-native accent.

Do the Dutch speak English or Double Dutch?

Rechten: Alle rechten voorbehouden

The importance of a near-native accent.

Do the Dutch speak English or Double Dutch?

Rechten: Alle rechten voorbehouden

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The importance of a near-native accent.

This talk will discuss whether or not it is important for EFL-teachers to try and achieve a near-native generally accepted accent for their students. The focus will be on the credibility of non-native speakers of English while speaking English in a globalising world, with a heavy or mild foreign accent.

These days and in the future more and more non-native speakers of English will communicate with each other in English. For a native speaker it is not that difficult to understand a non-native speaker speaking English with a lot of local or regional phonological interferences. For two non-native speakers of different origin, both speaking English with a mild or heavy accent, it might be more likely that confusion about what is being said occurs because of the foreign accent.

Research (Shiri Lev-Ari &, Boaz Keysar, Why don't we believe non-native speakers? The influence of accent on credibility, 2010) proves that a near-native accent adds to the credibility of the speaker. In the Netherland most EFL-teachers were trained to speak English with an RP or GA accent. As soon as they start teaching students in secondary education they accept “World English” and most teachers do not pay a lot of attention to pronunciation mistakes made by their students, as long as they can get the message across.

During the talk the audience will be asked how important they consider a near-native accent is, what mistakes they accept and don’t accept and in which way teaching pronunciation is an issue in their lessons. Some sound samples with typical mistakes the Dutch make while speaking English will be presented and discussed to see if the audience consider them to be confusing or not. Then a strategy, using phonetics as a tool, will be presented to help correcting a few typical mistakes.

session type : talk (30 minutes)

Audience; EFL teachers & teacher trainers

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OrganisatieFontys Hogescholen
OpleidingLeraar Engels (Sittard)
AfdelingFontys Lerarenopleiding Sittard
Datum2014-04-04
TypeConferentiebijdrage
TaalEngels

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