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  Dialect - US English
Updated 11 February 2002, 15.30
Harry and his broomstick
Has Harry 'slam dunked' box office records?

Learning aims
  • Some of the differences between UK and US English

  • Learn that the language has different versions called dialects

  • Give alternatives for US English words
Introduction
Read through with the class the story:

Point out that the English Language has many dialects and that one of the most widely spoken is US English.

Ask the class for examples of where they are likely to hear or see the US dialect. Television, film and music are good suggestions.

The class may already be aware of the film's name change from 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' to 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone'.

Raise the point that the Harry Potter books sold in the UK and US contain some language differences too.

Main activity
Give out copies of the worksheet:

The class are given US English words and try to think of their UK English equivalents.

Answers for the worksheet:

  • carousel - roundabout
  • stove - cooker
  • VCR - video recorder
  • vacation - holiday
  • bangs - fringe
  • puff balls - bobbles
  • mail slot - letterbox
  • highway - motorway
  • bills - notes
  • sneakers - trainers
Extension activity
The class make changes to US English words to transform them into UK English.

Answers for the worksheet:

UK English - US English

  • neighbours - neighbors
  • mummy - mommy
  • jumper - sweater
  • bins - trash cans
  • favourite - favorite
  • maths - math
  • hoover - vacuum
  • chips - fries
  • football - soccer
  • sweets - candy

Plenary
Recap on the meaning of 'dialect'.

Children compare their dialect words with the rest of the class.

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