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  1. 1. Talk about the following in pairs/ groups. To what extent do you agree with them?<br /><ul><li>I want to speak English without any accent from my own language.
  2. 2. Having the right accent is essential for business success.
  3. 3. The Queen’s English accent is much better than an American accent.
  4. 4. In my country, an accent can tell us if someone is intelligent or not.
  5. 5. I would pay big money to be trained to have an accent that will help my career.
  6. 6. There are accents in my own language that I hate listening to.
  7. 7. Accents are one of the most difficult parts of understanding English.
  8. 8. I want to speak with an accent that doesn’t tell people where I’m from.</li></ul>From: http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/0512/051230-accents.html<br />Here are some of the main regional accents from the UK. Each is associated with a city. Do you know where they are? Write numbers on the map.<br /><ul><li>GeordieNewcastleCockneyLondonBrummie / Black CountryBirmingham / WolverhamptonWest CountryBristolScouseLiverpoolGlaswegianGlasgowYorkshireYorkshire</li></ul>The non-regional accent of British English is called Received Pronunciation (RP). This can also be associated with being educated at public schools, although people can adopt features of the accent without speaking with it all the time.<br />Standard English<br />Hello. How are you? My name is Sandy and I’m from Wolverhampton, near Birmingham. I’m an English teacher. I spent the last three years in the Czech Republic, but now I work at International House Newcastle. Nice to meet you!<br />Geordie (http://www.whoohoo.co.uk/)<br />Aareet. y'aareet? me nyem is sandy an' i’m from wolverhampton, neor birmingham. i’m an english teachor. ah spent the last three yeors in the czech republic, but neeo ah wark at international kip Newcassel. canny tuh meet yee!<br />Cockney Rhyming Slang (http://www.whoohoo.co.uk/)<br />Wotcha. 'a 're ya? me name is sandy and i’m from wolverhampton, near Brummingham. i’m an english teacher. I spent the bloomin' Present and Past carpet Donkey's Ears in the chuffin' czech republic, but na I Kathy Burke at international gaff newcastle. sugar and spice ter meet ya!<br />Brummie (http://www.whoohoo.co.uk/)<br />Allroyt. ‘owamya? oim sandy an' i’m frum War'vrampton, near Burminum. i’m an english teacher. I spent the lus tewthree 'eass in the czech republic, but noo I werk at international owse newcastle. bostin ter meet yaouw!<br />West Country (a.k.a. ‘pirate’ http://www.talklikeapirateday.com/translate/index.php) <br />Aye, hello. How be you? My name is Sandy and I’m from Wol'erhampton, near Birmin'ham. I’m an English teacher. I spent the last three years in the Czech Republic, but now I work at International House Newcastle. Nice t' meet you, argh! <br />Scouse (http://www.whoohoo.co.uk/)<br />Ariite. y'alright? me name is sandy and i’m from wolverhampton, near birmingham. i’m an english teacher. ay spent de last tree years in de czech republic, but now ay weerk at intinational kun newcastle. laughin ter meet yous!<br />Glaswegian (http://www.whoohoo.co.uk/)<br />Awrite. fit loch en? mah nam is sandy an' i’m frae wolverhampton, near birmingham. i’m an sassenach teacher. Ah spent th' lest thee years in th' czech republic, but noo Ah wark at international hoose newcastle. braw tae meit ye!<br />Yorkshire (http://www.whoohoo.co.uk/)<br />Ayup. 'a's teur bin? uz nem is sandy 'n i’m fra wolverhampton, near birmingham. i’m an english teacha. ah spent t' last three years int' czech republic, bur naw ah fettle a' international 'ouse newcastle. gran' ta meet theur!<br />Grading Accents<br />Watch and listen to seven short videos. For each video, complete the table.<br />(Think about WHY!)How easy is it to understand?1=easy5=difficultWould you trust information from this person?1=definitely5=definitely notWould you like to speak like this?1=definitely5=definitely notGeordieCockneyBrummie / Black CountryWest CountryScouseGlaswegianYorkshireScottish (non-Glasgow)WelshIrish<br />The videos you saw were:<br />GeordieGary Hogg – Funny Geordie Monologuehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zwx0-oewjsM Brummie / Black CountryAllan Ahlberg – Talk Us Through It, Charlottehttp://www.poetryarchive.org/childrensarchive/ singlePoem.do?poemId=86 West CountryThe Wurzels – I’ve Got a Brand New Combine Harvesterhttp://www.youtube.com/watch? feature=player_embedded&v=QZY6jC5Dh6c ScouseCraig Charles interviewhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_ciigJ6RBI GlaswegianRegional Dialects Meme – Glasgowhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KYfWKHS9xw CockneyMichael Caine (being interviewed by Michael Parkinson)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX0F3kY3uxU YorkshireMichael Parkinson (interviewing Michael Caine)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX0F3kY3uxU Scottish (non-Glasgow)Scottish Voice-Operated Lifthttp://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player _embedded&v=p3JcHhA7M-Y WelshTom Joneshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eemttW6dksI IrishDara O’Briain – Controlling Childrenhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxQhLZ5bMyQ <br />If you want to be an MP or on TV, try RP<br />David Smith<br />The Observer, Sunday 9 September 2007 - http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2007/sep/09/davidsmith.theobserver1 <br />The Queen's English, or received pronunciation (RP), is still regarded as the best and most trusted accent while West Country and Scouse accents are least popular, a survey has found. Despite campaigns by organisations such as the BBC to reflect a more diverse range of voices, RP is still regarded as the ideal accent for a TV newscaster, sports commentator or MP. Accents from the south west and Liverpool rank lowest, with just 4.2 and 4.6 per cent respectively saying it was their favourite, according to research for mobile phone network Vodafone.<br />Four out of 10 people try to tone down their accent or hide it altogether in new social situations, the poll said. One in five people thinks the way they speak has a negative impact on their career, and one in 10 actively hates their accent, doing all they can to mask it. The survey of 1,000 people across the UK also found more than half admitted to putting on a 'telephone voice'.<br />But 61 per cent are proud of their accent and refuse to change it. Those in the south east are most proud (68 per cent), followed by people in Wales and the south west (both 66 per cent). People in the Midlands are least proud (51 per cent).<br />guardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2011<br />Number's up for the cut-glass accent<br />Stephen Khan<br />The Observer, Sunday 24 August 2003 - http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2003/aug/24/stephenkhan.theobserver <br />Shrill, public school English is no match for a soft Scottish lilt, charming Irish chirp or warm Welsh warble when dealing with irate callers, and most inquiries to the controversial new 118 numbers are being handled by centres in northern England and the Celtic fringe. You may not be told the price of the call, you may not even get the right number, but at least you will be greeted by a dulcet tone.<br />The dominance of soft regional accents in call centres may be put down to the establishment of operations in areas where land is cheaper and jobs harder to come by than in the South-East, but telecoms bosses admit that accents played a part in determining where they settled.<br />British Telecom expects to lose up to 30 per cent of its business with the introduction of competition and the passing of its 192 number, but is banking on its 31 UK call centres to maintain a lead over more than a dozen newcomers. Only three of the BT call centres are in the South-East - at Croydon, Brentwood and Oxford - while BT's backbone is provided by cities such as Aberdeen, Dundee, Newcastle and Cardiff. A BT spokesman agreed that 'regional accents do go down well'.<br />Cable and Wireless, the biggest operator of new numbers coming on stream from today, said its research showed callers preferred to be greeted by soft Northern and Scottish accents. It operates its services from three main centres, two of which are in Glasgow. Philip Cheal of C&W said: 'Some accents are consistently more popular and trusted. The main thing is that calls are taken by someone with a clear voice who speaks politely to the customer. People are not turned down for a job on the grounds of their accent.'<br />Perceptions 'affected by accent'<br />Accent could affect how intelligent people are thought to be, a new study suggests.<br />The study, which matched accents with perceived intelligence, found speaking in a Birmingham accent gives a worse impression than saying nothing at all.<br />Scientists at Bath Spa University asked 48 volunteers to compare accents.<br />Dr Lance Workman, who led the team of researchers, said that one of the reasons for doing the study "was to find out about stereotypes".<br />They compared the Yorkshire accent with those from Birmingham and with the clipped tone of what is known as Queen's English, or received pronunciation (RP), while looking at photos of female models.<br />“ Can I just say that whenever I've been to Birmingham I've found people to be very bright and friendly ” Dr Lance Workman<br />They then repeated the experiment in silence, and while accents had no impact on the perception of beauty, it significantly affected the intelligence rating.<br />The silent test scored higher than the Birmingham "Brummie" accent, with the Yorkshire accent being rated the highest.<br />Dr Workman presented his findings at the British Psychological Society's annual meeting in Dublin.<br />He said: "Surveys have shown that a lot of people associate Birmingham with criminal activity, and they associate criminal activity with low intelligence.<br />"Can I just say that whenever I've been to Birmingham I've found people to be very bright and friendly.<br />"Thirty years ago 10% of the population went to university. If someone had RP you'd probably think they had gone to university.<br />"Today, 44% of young people go to university. I think there's been a shift in what we expect from somebody who is educated.<br />"There's been this change from elite education to mass education."<br />Dr Workman also said that his co-researcher on the study was a woman with a Birmingham accent who he regarded as being extremely intelligent.<br />Story from BBC NEWS:http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/uk/7329768.stm Published: 2008/04/03 23:01:23 GMT<br />

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