“… but if you go to an interview and you can't shake hands, look someone in the eye and speak in the appropriate register, you are not going to get the job or place at university”.
Sheffield Spring academy advises its pupils to avoid the use of informal words such as “hiya” and “ta” when they’re in school. The teachers will try to learn the pupils when to use Standard English and when to use colloquial language. Kathy August from The United Learning Trust (ULT) says that by doing this they will enhance their prospects of getting a job or a place at the university; so basically the reason is that you won’t be declined because of your accent.
The thing about slang is that it is very appealing to children and adolescents. Slang is part of Black English. Maria Manning researched how it was used in a school and saw to her big surprise that many children of different ethnic backgrounds used slang. The main reason was that they wanted to rebel against a culture that had nothing to offer them.
Both white and black pupils, who are from the most deprived parts of England as Sheffield Spring, feel excluded from the “British culture” which represents Standard English. This could be a reason why the “slang prohibition” won’t work. Maybe it will just make them more belligerent against the culture.
According to the text “Standard English and Received Pronunciation” some people think that the link between accent and social status is weakening. On the other hand we have some people who would argue that the way to prestige and success is to have a good accent and smart clothes. Katy August share this idea. Today we see American stars with different accents and dialects. They are famous, they are successful and reputable. If they can be accepted even though they don’t speak Standard English then why can’t regular people?
When we talk about politics you will see politicians who change their accent depending on who the receivers are. By doing this they will gain... [continues]
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