There’s an interesting story on the Guardian TEFL diary about changing attitudes to accents in the US school system. Here’s the headline:
Arizona drops restrictions on teachers with accents
The rest of the article can be found at:
What do you reckon? How important is a teacher’s accent? Is it better to have teachers with several different accents, or should they all have the same, standard accent? What is a standard accent? Is there one?
On the subject of accents, do you have any favourites?
Let us know, by posting a comment, and give an example or two if you can.
The musical My Fair Lady is about a rich man teaching a poor Cockney woman how to be a lady. To do so he has to “correct’ her accent.
She goes from this:
Can you think of a more recent film version of the same story, made about 20 years ago?