Native English Speaker

Native English Speaker

Speaking Cambridge Proficiency CPE

A Native English Speaker is someone who has spoken a particular language since they were a baby rather than having learned it as an adult. A Native English speaker is a ‘natural’ in his or her first language and thus, usually make better teachers in an English-language class. Students learning Spoken English typically want to be confident with it, and thus want to speak with fluent English speakers. Students who hear less-than-accurate English pronunciation in the class end up speaking the same way outside the classroom. Unlearning wrong pronunciation requires a huge effort. Many non-native teachers are as competent as their native English speaking counterparts, but they typically have less credibility in the eyes of their students. It’s a bit like having an ex-gym teacher teaching history; no matter how good he is, students will question his credibility. This can make them slightly less effective as teachers in a classroom. Native English speakers typically speak either ‘street’ English or Queens English. When you use street English you are responding in a contemporary, non-formal conversational manner. Queens English tends to be better for long term prospects and business.

Received pronunciation

Received Pronunciation (RP), commonly called BBC English and Standard British pronunciation or Southern British pronunciation, is an accent in the United Kingdom and is defined in the “Concise Oxford English Dictionary” as “the standard accent of English as spoken in the “South of England”. It is generally considered to be clearly spoken and easily understood worldwide.


I grew up the South-East of England in Suffolk. My father was a Professor and Vice Provost at University College London. My mother was a nurse. I was educated at two public schools (Ipswich and Woodbridge) and then went on to higher education – most of which was held in London. I thus have perfect received pronunciation

Author: Piers Midwinter
Piers Midwinter is a Qualified Teacher, Native English Speaker, ex-Company director, and ex-University lecturer. He lives and works in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam
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