Learning to speak ‘merican’

Vicki Hollet

In A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics. Crystal (1985) gives the following definition: Pragmatics “is the study of language from the point of view of users, especially of the choices they make, the constraints they encounter in using language in social interaction and the effects their use of language has on other participants in the act of communication.”

People not only need to learn English, they also require information on how to talk about what constitutes appropriate and inappropriate speech acts in different contexts.

Intercultural communication awareness is a crucial component of any good language learning experience.

In this IATEFL Webinar, Vicki Hollett explores some of the curious differences between linguistic politeness in these two influential English varieties – British and American.

This video also raises the question of what model of English we teach. When we correct our students’ pronunciation, on what grounds do we decide?

English, as the common language among speakers of different languages, has key implications when teaching pronunciation. Users of English communicate successfully in accents that differ significantly from either Received Pronunciation (RP) or General American (GA). Many linguists have questioned the use of these models given the fact that native speaker accents are not necessarily the most intelligible or appropriate accents when a non-native speaker is communicating with another.

IATEFL Webinar

Saturday, October 19 at 2:00 GMT . You can check your local time here

To join the webinar please go to http://iatefl.adobeconnect.com/vickihollet2/

You do not need to register in advance to join this webinar, just click on the link above and then:

  • Ensure “Enter as Guest” is selected
  • Enter your name and country
  • Click “Enter room”

2 thoughts on “Learning to speak ‘merican’

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