International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Exploring the Differences Between British and American Englishtowards Better Performance of the English Teacher and the Taught
Muhammad Khan Ph. D.

The familiarity with the differences between BrE and AmEvocabulary, spelling,pronunciation and grammar is the demand of the day to avoid misunderstanding and confusion in certain situations. The knowledge of thevariations helpsthe English users at all levels to comprehend and communicate in the target language more effectively.Particularly, the EFL teachers need to know the differences between British and American English words and theirpronunciation to answer students’ questions like; how can the word ‘amateur’ be pronounced: The possible answer may be such as - (i) /ˈæmətər/ (ii) /ˌæməˈtɜːr/ (BrE) whereas AmE (i) /ˈæmətʃər/ (ii) /ˈæmətjʊər/.Similarly, some confusion related to grammar can also be interrogated. For example, the use of the present perfect differs in BrE and AmE. When referring to an action which has begun in the past, but is going on in the present, the speakers of British English use the present perfect, while Americans dialect tends to use the past simple tense. For example: (BrE) ‘John has already finished his work.’ but in AmE, ‘John already finished his work.’ The present study is descriptive one that is based on the data collected through reliable sources. Then the most relevant and important information has been analyzed with reference to classroom situation, communication either oral or written at international level where the use of both BrE and AmE is possible. Students learn what a teacher knows hence the knowledgeof the differences between BrE and AmEvocabulary, spelling, accent and grammar is of prime importance for an EFL or ESL teacher and the taught towards their better performance.

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