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23 – Should we DE-ACCENT our students? – Sam Hellmuth

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THIS IS THE LAST PODCAST (for the foreseeable future).

I’m hardly prolific with podcast releases but this will be the last one for the foreseeable future. I’ve decided to concentrate more on the YouTube side of things.

YouTube Channel – www.youtube.com/channel/UCKbariMdEytYHdmkpXiILnQ

The channel will have materials, concept videos and general useful teaching stuff! Please do all the usual YouTube stuff so I can be more visible on the site and you know when new videos are released (plus, it’s a digital pat on the head for me).


With Sam Hellmuth of York University, England, we think about these questions:

  • With language acquisition, which comes first – production or perception?
  • Why do your students sound angry when they aren’t?
  • How much does accent affect comprehension?
  • Can we learn to ‘de-accent’?
  • Should we bother teaching English stress patterns?

Sam smoothly mixes theory and practical tips with some excellent real-world examples. Something for everyone.

We make a few references to the Lingua Franca Core, which is a topic that was covered way back in episode 4. If you need a refresher, you can find it here – https://mastersoftesol.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/04-questioning-the-native-english-norm-jennifer-jenkins/

Sam Hellmuth York University Bio – www.york.ac.uk/language/people/academic-research/sam-hellmuth/

Sam Hellmuth Twitter – twitter.com/samhellmuth?lang=en

Sam Hellmuth Site – samhellmuth.com

Masters of TESOL website – https://mastersoftesol.wordpress.com/

Masters of TESOL – @MOTcast