ActivityHow do (or might, in the future) your students use English to communicate with speakers of other languages? How important will their ability to use the forms of ‘Standard English’ be in these contexts?
FeedbackYour answer will depend on your students' age, location, access to the internet, hobbies, job, where they take their holidays, what other language(s) they speak, etc.
For example, if they have unblocked access to the internet, they may use some English on social networking sites and special interest discussion boards (like the bloggers we saw in the first unit of this course). They may use English at work for international commercial negotiations and transactions. Perhaps they sometimes holiday in a resort popular with international tourists. Or maybe they communicate in English with people from part of their own county where a different language from their own is spoken. If they are in large urban centres in Anglophone nations, they will probably interact face-to-face with other non-native speakers on a regular basis.
Only in some of these contexts will adherence to the norms of 'Standard English' facilitate communication, or be expected for reasons of social convention. And even where 'Standard English' might give users some interactional advantage or be expected from them (e.g. in formal writing), most users (NS as well as NNS) will be unable to perform with 100% accuracy, as the following unit, Learning Englishes, explains.