Thursday, June 13, 2013

To better understand the wide variety of World Englishes.

What can we do as learners and educators to better understand the wide variety of World Englishes?

When I visited the Philippines, I struggled Tagalogish for several days.  After I talked with them, I found out they said /dd/ instead of /t/ and I became familiar with their intonation. At that time, I could understand them more easily.

When I went to London, I  could sometimes understand them easily because they said slowly and clearly, and  I sometimes had difficulty in understanding them because some pronunciations were extremely different with American English. After several short chatting, I felt they had communication strategies  for non-English speakers. Whenever there were difficulties, they never gave up communicating with me. They said simply and clearly, and they used gestures, pictures, maps, writing English and drawing pictures. They sometimes escorted me to the place that I wanted to go.

I cannot teach all of variations but I can teach main features of them and communication strategies to help my students.       

2 comments:

  1. Sometimes listening and speaking English could be pain:) The variations are huge however if we want to communicate each other it cannot be a problem. The thing is language is just one way to communicate not all the way. Taking this class was useful. Like you I had some experienes and this class reminded me of those memories and helped to understand what I experienced better than before.

    Thanks for reminding me those ideas:)

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    1. Thank you for your compliment. I've enjoyed your postings and they are pretty impressive. It will probably be our last posting but I hope I can read your new postings continuously. :-)

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