The school said they couldn't employ me because I wasn't American and they thought their students wouldn't understand my accent.
Ready or not, English is the language of global business.
The standards of ESL text books as they apply to Thai schools and businesses are of such an appallingly low level of quality and effectiveness that the difference in what side of the pond it hails from, is almost a non issue
Why get into arguments over which form of English is best?
The problem my students face is getting confused when encountering, for example, British English in one course with one teacher, and the next semester encountering American English with another teacher; it is hard enough to understand one way of speaking and writing, much less understanding that there are differences in what is considered correct
I have no problem with British English although from the American point of view it is somewhat uppity and rigid.
Imagine being a student trying to get to grips with all those accents?
As a native English speaker who has done some fairly extensive travelling, I've realised the advantages I've had when it comes to understanding the many different "flavours" of English that exist.
Mr. Russell Park
To be honest, just because they have changed a few words and added a few of their own and spelt some differently to us does not make it American English. It would be like the Scottish talking Scottish English.
I don't think that there is such a thing as "American English" America is a country and they speak American, England is a country and they speak English.
An hilarious look at the differences between British and American English.
Each day our students are bombarded with English from all directions. The modern EFL student interacts with native speakers from across the globe. British teachers provide one version of English, American lecturers contradict this version, Canadians waver mysteriously between the two, and the Australians and Scottish – well – let’s just be nice and say that they are in a league of their own.
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