Watch French actor Simon Frenay’s video about writing letters:
Watch our ‘active ears’ video about French English and download the answer key here. You will hear my answer to the discussion question and learn about the pronunciation features you might hear if you communicate with a French speaker of English.
(Remember: different does not mean better or worse! At My English Voice, we believe that communication is a ‘two-way’ process – that means, the listener is also responsible for making communication successful. The video might be useful for French speakers of English but it is mainly aimed at listeners, to prepare people to hear different accents around the world.)
Answer the discussion question. Type your answer into the comments section below. The question is:
“Do you ever write letters, or do you only use email / instant messaging? Do you ever receive letters, or only email / instant messages?”
Thanks for watching!
Ps. The videos are for learners of English, but teachers are welcome to use these in their classroom too. Please note that phonemic script is not used in the videos, as this series is designed to be as accessible as possible. The research referred to in the video is Jenkins’ Lingua Franca Core. See references below.
Jenkins, J. (2000). The phonology of English as an International Language. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Swan, M. and Smith, B. (2001). Learner English. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Walker, R. (2010). Teaching the pronunciation of English as a Lingua Franca. Oxford: Oxford University Press.