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Understanding Attitudes to Accent and Dialect in UK Teacher Training

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posted on 2023-02-28, 17:07 authored by Alex Baratta

This session will first explain accent and dialect in detail, their inclusion, and standards for both, within the Teachers' Standards and then focus in depth on the results of my work with UK teachers, notably trainees. The results show a tendency for Northern and Midlands-accented speakers to be told to reduce their accents, with mentors having a preference for accents judged overall as more 'general' varieties, as opposed to broad. This discussion will also take the time to explain regional accents in terms of a trichotomy of broad - general - neutral varieties and what this means from a purely phonological perspective 


This session was presented at the ‘PGCE Conference 2023: Inclusion and Inspiration - Education for Social Justice’.