The Sensitive Topic of Received Pronounciation

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Subject: Elocution/ Accent Reduction
Last updated: 16/11/2017
Tags: accent clearing, clarity of voice, received pronunciation, regional accent

Today's name for Received Pronounciation (RP) is Standard English. This means that one speaks the consonants and vowels of English without the discernible stress or changes that indicate a regional or foreign accent. Standard English should not be confused with so-called "posh" speaking, but is similar to speakers you hear on the BBC.   Standard English nowadays often includes a slight regional or national accent, which I find attractive. We don't all want to sound the same! Clarity and communication are always the most important elements of speech.

Our speech and how we hear ourselves can be a sensitive subject.  Tutors should be sympathetic and understanding, and should be able to change their own accent and speak other languages.

Learning to speak Standard English can be beneficial for business purposes, or for actors and broadcasters from other English-speaking countries.


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Having taught Voice, Speaking and Acting for 25 years, I am deeply interested in this area. I aim to pass on this love of the voice, text and communication to my students. My goal is to teach interesting and supportive lessons which yield results.

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