The Accent Tells My Story
Pearson alumni and Oklahoma University students Joy Nath (Year 44/2019, India), Tanzil Fatima (Year 44/2019, Pakistan) and Tomma Bambara (Year 43/2018, Burkina Faso) discuss accents and struggles they face in everyday life in the below linked article.
After reading this, Head Craig Davis reflected on his own training as an English teacher in the public school districts of London, UK. Teachers were required to complete a diversity unit called ‘Knowledge About Language’ contextualising accents and dialects in order to reveal the power dynamics at play. Understanding the shifting historical attitudes to accents and politics of grammatical change, raises the awareness of how rapidly globalised English changes and how standardised versions have always been used to amplify privilege and status quo. Teaching this unit to new speakers of English empowered students and helped them to challenge any imposed feelings of inferiority based on accent or dialect.