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

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dc.contributor.author Skibdahl, Sonja
dc.contributor.author Svensäter, Henrik
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-29T09:09:27Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-29T09:09:27Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.citation 49 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/14437
dc.description.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 en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Malmö högskola/Lärarutbildningen en_US
dc.subject Pronunciation en_US
dc.subject Secondary school en_US
dc.subject Upper secondary school en_US
dc.subject Nativeness Principle en_US
dc.subject Intelligibility Principle en_US
dc.subject Accent en_US
dc.title Students’ Attitudes to English Accents in Four Schools in Southern Sweden en_US
dc.type Y en_US
dc.setspec.uppsok SocialBehaviourLaw en_US
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