Ode to speaking British English

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Helen BEnglish
June 16, 2017
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Differences within the same language ... how challenging yet intriguing nonetheless. I actually learnt something new today - the variant in the pronunciation of "eraser" between British English and American English. Is dialect to blame? Do I say "eraser" as the phonetic gods dictate? Or should I stick with the version from a residence of 45 years in the North West of England? Tally up the well spoken numbers of the Queen's English and one may be slightly disappointed. Long gone are the formalities and restrictions of a desired perfection.
However it isn't simply dialect. From a lexical point of view, we actually do not use the word "eraser" in respect of this well used classroom object in England. A "board eraser" maybe or an "ink eraser" is a sure possibility. Sniggers aside, but should you raise your hand and request an eraser in a Cheshire classroom, the teacher may respond with a somewhat questionable glance, "You mean rubber?"
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I am a native speaker of British English. I am located in Chester in the United Kingdom. I am a qualified teacher of Modern Foreign Languages with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. I have 7 years teaching experience in the classroom and 2 years experience teaching online. I hereby list my approach to teaching : • Patience and understanding of students acquiring a second language (I have a degree in French and German and a qualification in Spanish, so I understand the difficulties). • Use of a wide variety of learning resources which are differentiated to suit all abilities and learning styles - visual, auditory and kinesthetic. • The importance of planning lessons which is vital for the success of students. • Ascertain students’ needs prior to teaching - find out their interests, find a common ground between student and teacher. • Inspire and engage students through lesson objectives with a clear structure of future learning. • Consolidation of prior learning. • Good rapport with students on a professional level. • Use of starters and plenaries. • Use of activities which include all 4 skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing. • Written and oral feedback about student progress. I look forward to helping you on your learning journey.
$25.00
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Flag English
United States
New!
French
C2
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German
C2
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Spanish
A2
I am a native speaker of British English. I am located in Chester in the United Kingdom. I am a qualified teacher of Modern Foreign Languages with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. I have 7 years teaching experience in the classroom and 2 years experience teaching online. I hereby list my approach to teaching : • Patience and understanding of students acquiring a second language (I have a degree in French and German and a qualification in Spanish, so I understand the difficulties). • Use of a wide variety of learning resources which are differentiated to suit all abilities and learning styles - visual, auditory and kinesthetic. • The importance of planning lessons which is vital for the success of students. • Ascertain students’ needs prior to teaching - find out their interests, find a common ground between student and teacher. • Inspire and engage students through lesson objectives with a clear structure of future learning. • Consolidation of prior learning. • Good rapport with students on a professional level. • Use of starters and plenaries. • Use of activities which include all 4 skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing. • Written and oral feedback about student progress. I look forward to helping you on your learning journey.

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