Low cost English

If you cut down on time spent in class on pronunciation you’ll be able to do more of other things and so offer your learners ‘low-cost’ English. In these times of economic crisis, this might seem an attractive idea, but sadly, sooner or later your learners will pay the price for the corners that you cut. As I drove […]

Evaluating standard English accents

While I was struggling to access this blog I used Facebook to let you know about the excellent chapter on attitudes to L2 accents by Stephanie Lindemann, Jason Litzenberg, and Nicholas Subtirelu (from Social dynamics in second language accent (2013, Levis & Moyer, eds). I quoted the authors … “We argue that while negative attitudes […]