Students’ Attitudes to English Accents in Four Schools in Southern Sweden

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Publication Student thesis,Y
Title Students’ Attitudes to English Accents in Four Schools in Southern Sweden
Author(s) Skibdahl, Sonja ; Svensäter, Henrik
Date 2012
English abstract
The aim of this paper is to report on students´ attitudes and their awareness towards different English accents. With changes in the latest Swedish syllabus for English (Lgr11), the aim is no longer to sound in a specific way by speaking with a certain accent. This has been the case since 2000, but the Nativeness principle is still powerful. However, we discuss that a clear pronunciation is important for students and teachers a requisite for being understood and avoiding confusion. Students in four different schools, secondary and upper secondary schools, took part in our research by answering a questionnaire. We found that many students were aware of different accents, but also that students preferred the Inner Circle accents with AmE and BrE being the most popular ones. Also, we found a difference between secondary and upper secondary students where teacher influence was more important to the former and personal preferences to the latter. Keywords: Accent, pronunciation, comprehension, intelligibility, ESL, EIL, EFL, ELF, English as a Global Language
Publisher Malmö högskola/Lärarutbildningen
Pages 49
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Pronunciation
Secondary school
Upper secondary school
Nativeness Principle
Intelligibility Principle
Accent
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/14437 (link to this page)

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