Varieties of English

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This presentation is about the importance of exposing learners to different varieties of English. It also suggests activities one can implement in order to raise awareness about those varieties.

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  • Thankx 4 this presentation. It not only raises Ss's awareness, but also Ts' as well.
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  • Eventhough the video doesn't show here in SlideShare, it was the highlight for me. It's an amazing talent to be able to produce so many accents! A nice PowerPoint presentation this is, very informative.
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  • Hi, Sonia. Congratulations for this wonderful presentation created. It truly creates awareness on the importance of exposing EFL students to different sorts of accents and learn from the richness of linguistic diversity. I especially liked the way you mediated information throughout the presentation. As you pointed out on slide 5, we should foster the development of more tolerant attitudes towards other people and their cultures.
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Varieties of English

  1. 1. UNIVERSIDAD LATINA DE COSTA RICA MASTERS IN TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE Raising Students’ Awareness of the Varieties of English By: Prof. Sonia Albertazzi O Material created by Sonia Albertazzi for educational purposes
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION <ul><li>This presentation has been created for educational purposes. It is a reaction paper from an article published by the English Teaching Forum (2005, #2). The contents of this presentation are based on the article entitled «Raising Students’ Awareness of the Varieties of English» by Toshiyuki Takagaki . </li></ul>Material created by Sonia Albertazzi for educational purposes
  3. 3. REACTION <ul><li>People around the world speak different and unique varieties of English. </li></ul><ul><li>There are also variations within a country that are caused by regional dialects. </li></ul><ul><li>Speakers use different language styles or registers according to the person they are talking to. </li></ul>Material created by Sonia Albertazzi for educational purposes
  4. 4. <ul><li>When students are only exposed to standard American English, they think that everyone in the </li></ul><ul><li>world speaks that variety and therefore, they form a limited view of the English language. </li></ul>Material created by Sonia Albertazzi for educational purposes
  5. 5. Why expose our students to different varieties of English? <ul><li>It will increase their chances of getting better jobs. </li></ul><ul><li>It will equip them to deal with those varieties in the working environment. </li></ul><ul><li>It will help them develop a more tolerant attitude towards other people and their cultures. </li></ul>Material created by Sonia Albertazzi for educational purposes
  6. 6. Suggested Activities to Raise Students’ Awareness <ul><li>Ellicit the countries your students know where English is spoken as L1.(ex England). </li></ul><ul><li>Have your students research about other countries where English is considered an official language. (Nigeria) </li></ul>Material created by Sonia Albertazzi for educational purposes
  7. 7. Suggested Activities to Raise Students’ Awareness <ul><li>List countries where English is spoken as a foreign language (Korea). </li></ul><ul><li>Expose students to recordings by people speaking different varieties of English. (Video) </li></ul>Material created by Sonia Albertazzi for educational purposes
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  9. 9. CONCLUSION <ul><li>By becoming informed about the existing varieties of English, students will turn into more proficient speakers and they will be able to handle the varieties they eventually encounter. </li></ul>Material created by Sonia Albertazzi for educational purposes
  10. 10. <ul><li>THANK YOU </li></ul>Material created by Sonia Albertazzi for educational purposes

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