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PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2006 4:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Business English content Reply with quote

I am one of two British ESL teachers in our programme. The rest are American and two Hispanics. The students are quick to discern the difference and prefer to learn the "British" way. Many students struggle with the phonetics or American vowel sounds and some of the slang.
I frequently model the differences between American and English phonetics AND the differences in meaning of some words, phrases and idioms. I doubt that my American colleagues have the foundation to present these differences and I know it helps the students. I hear them choosing to intonate with a more regular vowel sound which is more akin to the hispanic mother tongue, and the Asian and African students also choose that phonetic edge.
I think what matters most is that as an ESL teacher, you are aware of differences in other English presentations and frankly, only the British seem to have that grasp and thus avoid any insularity. So in my opinion I definitely do NOT think that teaching English with a British slant is confusing or a disadvantage. Quite the opposite in fact.
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