I am interested in how English teachers nowadays view "Estuary English" as a pronunciation model for TEFL. Has any research been done on foreign students' attitudes towards Estuary English in the classroom? Greetings.

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Hi Joanna,

I just discovered what Estuary English is thanks to Google. I had never heard of it before.
I teach English in Chile and have never lived in England, only visited.

Estuary English is a name given to the form of English widely spoken in and around London and, more generally, in the southeast of England -- along the river Thames and its estuary.

This site might have more info on what you need:

Hope it helps.
What an interesting site!
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Hi guys, Thanks a lot.

I know almost every article on Estuary English (EE) from Google search, and I'm writing an essay on it. I wonder what other EL teachers know about it and how they view it. Do you know any teachers who know something about EE and could share their opinions?

Do foreign students have the opportunity to find out about this variety? Would they like to learn it?

Thank you.
Best wishes,

Hi Joanna,
In Chile, not many students know it exists. Normally English here as in most parts is divided into two camps, American and British. British is considered as one type of English to students. Normally they don't know that there are different subvarities of British English and most students in Chile want to learn American English.
Hello after a long break!

Thanks for your reply. The situation is similar in Poland.
I thought more teachers would be interested in the topic, but I was wrong.

Best wishes with your teaching.

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I love Estuary English! I wish I had a teacher who would help me with that accent. It's the real McCoy! Let class and social taboos not hinder your using that accent. It's colourful and the words are so funny. I love Cockney rhyming slang and surf the Internet for more.
Anyway,if we teach our students only RP or GA, they won't be able to understand a word when they come into contact with what actually goes on in the street, and motion pictures.
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Dear Joanna,

I don't know if you're still interested in what teachers are doing after all this time...

I teach English in Germany. I am originally from London and speak RP. I hate the new accent which I hear increasingly when I go back. I also hate the way it seems to be so fashionable to raise one's voice at the end of a sentence which makes most statements sound like questions. Sorry, I'm old fashioned and still maintain that RP is by far the best English to be teaching abroad because it is the language best understood by everyone. Most of my students don't talk to native English speakers anyway so it is essential that they speak clearly.

Best wishes,

Margaret Moldenhauer