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  • in reply to: Unit 4 Reflections #5345

    I always try to include accents and dialects during my lessons.
    Always.
    I opine, it is extremely important to raise awareness.

    in reply to: Unit 5 Reflection #5344

    I would include slang as well in textbooks because when my feet first touch ground at Leeds International Airport, I could not understand anything Yorkshiremen said to me.
    I fel I was in a different country.
    The way they spoke did not sound the English I had been taught at school.

    in reply to: Unit 5 Reflection #5343

    More focus should be given to accents and dialects in textbooks.
    And of course world Englishes.
    I am a person who advocates it.
    I wish I had the opportunity to write a truly useful coursebook once in my life.
    I would include Yorkshire (my real love), Scouse, Geordie, Cockney, Brummie, Scottish (the second most favourite accent for me), and ALL the accents throughout the British Isles.
    It would be absobloodylutely phenomenal.

    in reply to: Discussion 5.2 – Problems of public belief about English #5342

    As I have written it before some of my learners hate accents and dialects when I show them to them.
    The media is a culprit or lack of motivation.
    So I used to take some of my classes to British pubs here in Budapest then they were astonded and dumbfounded… Then they understood what i was trying to imply.

    in reply to: Discussion 5.1 – Local Intelligence #5341

    As I have written it numerous times (during the course), I do not really fancy academic or standard English.
    I sometimes dub them bog-standard English.
    To me accents and dialects are more fascinating.

    How did I manage to overcome my obstacles?
    24/7 learning. Lifelong learning.
    I dedicate every single nano-second of my life to learning English (accents and dialects).
    Plain and simple.

    in reply to: Reflection 5.1 – Make language your own #5339

    When I speak even natives think I am a native speaker.
    So I would say, I have made it my own.
    As I have put it down before, I mix Yorkshire, modern RP, Scottish, Geordie and even Cockney into my command of the lingo, aye? 😀
    And I take great pride when natives acknowledge the features.
    I can ‘ave an absobloodylutely chinwag wiv anyone from God’s Own Country to West Ham and I feel comfortable wi’ sum’one from Aberdeen as well.

    in reply to: Unit 4 Reflections #5338

    My own variety of English is a mixture of Modern RP, Yorkshire, Scouse, Scottish and Cockney.
    And that’s the way I like it.
    Yorkshire is the closest one but I also sometimes say ‘liche’ (as a Scouse would say it) instead of like because I chuffin’ liche i’.
    I’ve go’ a light Geordie in me speech as well and would you Adam and Eve it, that a wee bi’ a’ Cockney, too? 😉

    in reply to: Discussion 4.2 – Testing English #5337

    As I said it, before moving to the UK, I thought I could speak English very well.
    Then at the airport, I did not understand the first question a native asked from me.
    So, yeah, textbooks are sometimes overrated… 😀

    in reply to: Reflection 4.2 – Classroom Activities #5336

    Headway
    IELTS
    CPE
    CAE
    Hungarian exams: Corvinus, Origo, iXAM, iTOLC
    European exams: EuroExam, ECL
    And I also use magazines, podcasts, youtube videos as well

    Yes, I always imitate different accens: Scottish, Yorkshire, Scouse, USA Southern, Indian/Pakistani, Italian, Russian and even Cockney.
    They tend to be perplexed, flummoxed and flabbergasted.
    Some of them hate them because they think BBC is the real English.
    Then I tell ’em, a, on BBC you can also hea thee, then they are gobsmacked.

    in reply to: Discussion 4.1 – Classroom ideas and experiences #5334

    I think the role of a teacher has changed.
    Especially because of covid.
    I like to cala tuor or someone who guides people.

    in reply to: Unit 3 Reflections #5333

    To me proficiency means the following idea: expressing yourself 100%-ly, understand everything 100%-ly, getting familiar with the major accents and dialect of the language and adjust to it if needed.
    I have developed my English to a level even natives think I am one of them.
    When I talk to, for instance, a native British lad or lass, they instantly ask me: ‘You from Yorkshire?’.
    And I always have to ‘let ’em down’ by stating ‘Nae, Hungarian, me, born and bred, eh.’
    Than they tend not to believe me… 🙁

    in reply to: Reflection 3.2 – ‘Learning/teaching cultures’ #5332

    At lower level I always explain grammar in L1 because there are some KEY differences between English and Hungarian (English has a strict word order, Hungarian DOES NOT have any), which result in serious grammatical mistakes.
    But at higher levels I advocate speaking giving leeway to expressing themselves (and I also advocate non-standard English).

    in reply to: Discussion 3.2 – Factors that shape the learning of English #5331

    I can only repeat myself: I learn from everyone, anywhere, anyhow… I try to learn 24/7 every single day because I want to sound and talk like native speakers do, especially Yorkshiremen.

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