Updated: Jul 10, 2020
Over the last few decades, it has become clear that English is the preferred language of international communication. There are over 1 billion speakers today. The majority of these speakers are non-natives. In fact, there are more Chinese-English speakers than British and nearly as many French-English speakers as Canadian. English teaching, unfortunately, seems unaware of this fact. The native speaker is the model in most courses. Learners focus on adjusting their accents to sound “native”, and train their ears to understand native accents.
Overall, the goal of having a “native” accent is unnecessary for most English users. Our mission here at Accents Welcome is to change the perception of what learners should strive to be. We focus on teaching students to use English as a global language. This approach is based on how English is used as a form of international communication. Research in this field has shown that when people use English for intercultural communication it takes on unique characteristics. Understanding what is and is not important for successful communication can help learners prioritize their learning. This will allow them to develop the skills needed to effectively use English with people from every country and culture.
So how do we teach English as a global language? First, we focus on exposure to various accents and cultures. Our curriculum incorporates authentic recordings from different English speakers. These are real speakers who have accents and may make small errors. They are the type of people you'll encounter when using English in authentic situations. You can discover a sample of our recordings here.
Additionally, we focus on the most important aspects related to output. These include small adjustments to pronunciation or grammar that will make it easy for others to understand you. These adjustments do not mean you need to change your accent or have perfect grammar.
Ultimately, our curriculum is reflective of the diverse experiences you will encounter when speaking English in the real-world. We offer classes and free resources to help students develop the skills needed to use English as a global language.