Laura: Here is my advice from a admitted NONEXPERT...... I have noticed that
news anchors on the nightly news such as Peter Jennings or Dan Rather speak a
very standand non-dialect English. I would suggest that your student make it a
habit to watch the national news and concentrate on the speech rather than the
content of the news. I'm sure others will have better ideas also. Barb

Laura Symons wrote:

> Dear Fellow Listers,
> I have a student who is from a small, rural community where colloquial
> language does not adhere to the rules of Standard American English.  She is
> making great strides in learning how to write in Standard American English,
> but her spoken English is still straight from home.  She would like to
> change this in order to avoid the prejudices many people have against
> speakers of non-standard dialects.  She is planning to take a public
> speaking course next semester, but I think there must be an intermediate
> step she could take between now and then.  Any suggestions?
> Thanks and a hat tip,
> Laura
> Laura Symons
> Academic Resource Center
> Sweet Briar College
> Sweet Briar, Virginia 24595
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Barbara M. Stout
Supplemental Instructional Specialist
Learning Skills Center
The University of Pittsburgh
311 Wm. Pitt Union
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

"You must do the things you think you cannot do."
Eleanor Roosevelt