The Reading / Listening - British Accent - Level 4

An American woman has the rare Foreign Accent Syndrome. She went to bed with a huge headache and woke up with a British accent. This happened in 2015. She has woken up with an Australian and Irish accent before. These lasted two weeks but the UK accent stayed. She said her condition was "really difficult to begin with". She said: "I was really struggling. I have come to terms with the fact that I might sound like this forever."



Foreign Accent Syndrome happens after strokes, and injuries that damage the brain's language center. It varies in how it affects accents. In some cases, there is a hint of a foreign accent; in other cases, the accent can totally change. The condition was found in 1907 by a French neurologist. There have been just 60 documented cases over the past century. One of these was a Japanese man who woke up sounding Korean. He had never been to Korea.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    British Accent - Level 5 or  British Accent - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2018/02/12/an-american-says-she-fell-asleep-with-a-headache-and-woke-up-with-a-british-accent/?utm_term=.83702325e4cf
  • https://www.livescience.com/61738-arizona-woman-wakes-up-with-british-accent.html
  • http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/arizona-woman-wakes-speaking-british-accent-article-1.3815970


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. the rare Foreign
  2. She went to bed with a huge
  3. This happened
  4. These lasted
  5. really difficult to
  6. I was really
  7. I have come to terms
  8. I might sound like
  1. in 2015
  2. with the fact
  3. two weeks
  4. this forever
  5. headache
  6. begin with
  7. Accent Syndrome
  8. struggling

Paragraph 2

  1. injuries that damage the brain's
  2. It varies in how
  3. a hint
  4. the accent can totally
  5. found in 1907 by a
  6. There have been just 60
  7. over the
  8. He had never been
  1. documented cases
  2. language center
  3. to Korea
  4. it affects accents
  5. past century
  6. change
  7. French neurologist
  8. of a foreign accent

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

An American woman (1) ___________________ Foreign Accent Syndrome. She went to bed with a (2) ___________________ and woke up with a British accent. This happened in 2015. She (3) ___________________ with an Australian and Irish (4) ___________________. These lasted two weeks but the UK accent stayed. She said (5) ___________________ "really difficult to begin with". She said: "I was really struggling. I have come to terms with the fact that I might sound (6) ___________________."

Foreign Accent Syndrome happens after (7) ___________________ that damage the brain's language center. It (8) ___________________ it affects accents. In some cases, there is (9) ___________________ a foreign accent; in other cases, the (10) ___________________ change. The condition was found in 1907 by a French neurologist. There have been just 60 documented cases over (11) ___________________. One of these was a Japanese man who (12) ___________________ Korean. He had never been to Korea.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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bedwithahugeheadacheandwokeupwithaBritishaccent.Thishappen
edin2015.ShehaswokenupwithanAustralianandIrishaccentbefore.T
heselastedtwoweeksbuttheUKaccentstayed.Shesaidherconditionw
as"reallydifficulttobeginwith".Shesaid:"Iwasreallystruggling.Ihave
cometotermswiththefactthatImightsoundlikethisforever."ForeignA
ccentSyndromehappensafterstrokes,andinjuriesthatdamagethebra
in'slanguagecenter.Itvariesinhowitaffectsaccents.Insomecases,the
reisahintofaforeignaccent;inothercases,theaccentcantotallychange
.Theconditionwasfoundin1907byaFrenchneurologist.Therehavebee
njust60documentedcasesoverthepastcentury.OneofthesewasaJapa
nesewhowokeupsoundingKorean.HehadneverbeentoKorea.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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