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Entry 14 Final relection

The portfolio is a good tool to have a record about what we have been doing during the whole year. It is useful because we are “obliged” to read and do a revision of the texts in order  to upload them. Another advantage of the blog is that I had to put up with technology; it was a  challange to become acquainted  with it.  As it is all recorded in the blog then, I believe that it would be easier to study from there. The summaries are already done; what it is left is the hardest part: studying it.   What I like most were the videos. They  clarified  what the thesis statement is about. I liked the videos of David Crystal, they were very interesting and clear. He explained in a simple way what happens with language, how culture may influece on it.  I liked those videos that showed people speaking the same language ( English) in  different ways. It shows us , as future teachers, that those people could be comprehensible although their pronounciation was not perfect at all. So, the reflection…

Entry 13 reflection

Whenever I am asked to write something, whatever it is, I feel always hesitant about my ability to do it correctly, so having studied a theory may help me to improve my writings, or at least to be aware of what I am doing; it gives me the chance to correct myself . I think writting is a challange since through this skill , our weak points  are given away: we have to be presice, coherent and cohesive. The clearer, the better.  However, I know that I need a lot of more practice to keep on improving. Moreover, I would have preferred to write more than one essay because I do believe that the major changes are possible with practice ( by using the theory). I would have liked to write more than one essay to see the transition between the first and the last essay.

Entry 12 videos

1- The Inspector needs "a flawless American accent": 

  The  French inspector was taking classes of English in order to impove his pronounciation to sound  more English like and in that way he would not allow suspicious. The teacher was teaching the  standard language which is the chosen one in educational centres  and for commercial issues. It is supposed to be the ideal grammar and  the ideal pronounciation to be undestood by anyone who speaks English. Despite he could not immitate the exact sounds since his mother accent was very strong, he could be interpreted anyhow. The teacher insisted on him to pick the standard sound by repeating once and again, and by chunking the sentence, but he could not make it; his accent “describes the aspects of pronounciation that identify   where an individual speaker is from, regionally or socially” and it give him away.

2- Student 'dialects'?


  This group of students are sharing the same English classes and each of them has to deal …