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April 20, 2006

English Teachers Risk Losing Skills

It has been suggested that English teachers who repeat slow, exaggerated and simplified speech on a daily basis for an extended period, risk losing their native language skills. Former Korean TESOL president, Professor Robert Dickey suggests that "The loss of vocabulary and fluency is inevitable when there is a lack of educated native speakers around." Korea's Hongik University's Jochiwon campus teacher, Kevin Landry believes that it is dependent upon the person and stated that "I've seen foreigners drop their articles and use Konglish to connect with someone who doesn't know much English." It has also been suggested that this phenomenon occurs in numerous countries including Japan, China and other non-native English speaking nations.
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