A few days ago I was surfing the Net for English pronunciation improvement related info, and I came across an article that is an embodiment of everything that I don’t like about the traditional English teaching industry and the way non-native English speakers are perceived.
I’m not going to provide a link to the actual article because I don’t want to potentially start a war with its author; suffice it to say that the headline of the article implies you have to hide your foreign accent and then they compare the size of English vocabulary of an 8 year of native English speaking child with that of a typical non-native English speaker.
The conclusion was that you’d better make sure to build your English vocabulary by learning 4 new English words a day if you even want to stand a chance of coming close to a 15 year old native English speaker (it’s supposedly the age when a person has acquired pretty much a full working vocabulary in their native language.)
Here’s a number of problems I want to point out in relation to all the aforementioned English learning principles:
- The prevalent notion out there is that if you’re a non-native speaker who speaks English with a hard accent, it’s something you definitely have to eradicate; it’s something you can’t possibly be proud of.
- One’s level of English can be attributed to the number of English words one knows – the more individual words you learn, the better.
- You have to compare yourself to native English speakers and judge your own performance by their standards.
- Here’s what I think about English pronunciation and foreign accent.
- Here’s what I think about learning individual English vocabulary words and word lists.
- Here’s what I think about comparing your English with that of other people.
- And here’s my take on comparing you as an adult non-native English speaker with a child growing up in a native English speaking family.
But what about you?
What are your experiences with the traditional English teaching industry?
Share your thoughts in the comments section below ❗
P.S. Would you like to find out why I’m highlighting some of the text in red? Read this article and you’ll learn why it’s so important to learn idiomatic expressions and how it will help you to improve your spoken English!
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