February 13, 2017
In the past, there was an objective to have all English-speakers sound “British or American.” This focus has changed as the recognition of English as the International language of business, academia and travel has grown.
Now, it is accepted and celebrated that English has many sounds. The English heard in the streets of New Delhi, for example, will sound quite different than the English you will hear in other parts of the world.
Since Canada is a diverse country made up of people from all over the world, the sounds of Canadian English are as diverse as the population!
Why talk about accent reduction then?
Because we need to be able to understand each other. This need for clear communication is relevant in all aspects of our daily lives: at work, at home, in the community.
The overall objective is the production of spoken English which leads to CLEAR COMMUNICATION, in other words, understanding is achieved.
If you struggle with this, the following approach can help:
Cindy Cook is Drake Medox College’s lead English instructor offering both current and prospective students with the support they need to achieve their career goals. To learn more about our English programs you can contact Cindy @ 604-629-0196.