The Reading / Listening - British Accent - Level 6

An American woman has been diagnosed with the rare Foreign Accent Syndrome. The woman, Michelle Myers, 45, said that in 2015 she went to bed with a "blinding headache" and woke up with a British accent. The accent has remained with her ever since. Ms Myers said she has woken up speaking a variety of accents before. She was totally perplexed at waking up and speaking with an Australian or Irish accent. These disappeared after two weeks but the UK accent has remained. Myers told journalists that she found her condition, "really difficult to begin with". She said: "It was hard because I was really struggling. I have come to terms with the fact that I might sound like this forever. I realize it's part of me now."



Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS) is a disorder that typically occurs after strokes or traumatic brain injuries that damage the language center of our brain. It varies in the degree to which it affects someone's language and accent. In some cases, someone's native language sounds like it is tinged with a foreign accent; in other instances, rhythm, stress and pronunciation can completely change. The condition was first documented in 1907 by French neurologist Pierre Marie. It is a relatively rare condition. Only about 60 cases of FAS have been documented over the past century. One of these was a Japanese stroke patient who woke up sounding Korean, even though he had never been to Korea.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    British Accent - Level 4  or  British Accent - Level 5

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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Warm-ups

1. ACCENTS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about accents. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       foreign accent / syndrome / headache / perplexed / journalists / difficult / forever /
       disorder / strokes / traumatic / language center / rhythm / stress / pronunciation
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. PRONUNCIATION: Students A strongly believe pronunciation is one of the easiest parts of learning English; Students B strongly believe the opposite.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. ENGLISH: What is your advice to study these? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Ideas

Why they work

Pronunciation

 

 

Grammar

 

 

Writing

 

 

Vocabulary

 

 

Speaking

 

 

Reading

 

 

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5. LANGUAGE: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "language". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. ACCENT: Rank these with your partner. Put the best accent at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Australian
  • Irish
  • South African
  • Scottish
  • British English
  • American English
  • Singlish
  • Indian English

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. diagnosed a. Continued to exist, especially after other similar or related people or things have ceased to exist.
      2. syndrome b. So painful or intense as to block out everything else.
      3. blinding c. A group of physical or mental features which consistently happen together, or a condition characterized by a set of related features.
      4. perplexed d. Accept a new and painful or difficult event or situation.
      5. remained e. Found and identified an illness or other problem.
      6. struggling f. Completely unable to understand and puzzled.
      7. come to terms with g. Really trying to do something in the face of difficulty or resistance.

    Paragraph 2

      8. disorder h. Differs in size, amount, degree, or nature from something else of the same general kind.
      9. typically i. A specialist in the anatomy, functions, and organic disorders of nerves and the nervous system.
      10. traumatic j. A person born in a specified place or associated with a place by birth, whether subsequently resident there or not.
      11. varies k. In most cases; usually.
      12. native l. A sudden disabling attack or loss of consciousness caused by an interruption in the flow of blood to the brain.
      13. neurologist m. A state of confusion.
      14. stroke n. Emotionally disturbing or distressing.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. Foreign Accent Syndrome is a fairly common condition.     T / F
  2. Doctors said a headache was the cause of the woman's British accent.     T / F
  3. The woman has also had Australian and Irish accents.     T / F
  4. The woman has not yet accepted that her accent has changed.     T / F
  5. Foreign Accent Syndrome affects the language center of the brain.     T / F
  6. Foreign Accent Syndrome always completely changes someone's accent. T / F
  7. Foreign Accent Syndrome was discovered 200 years ago.     T / F
  8. A Japanese man woke up with a Korean accent.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. diagnosed
  2. remained
  3. perplexed
  4. condition
  5. come to terms with
  6. occurs
  7. traumatic
  8. varies
  9. documented
  10. rare
  1. illness
  2. recorded
  3. happens
  4. stayed
  5. damaging
  6. differs
  7. identified
  8. uncommon
  9. puzzled
  10. accept

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. diagnosed with the rare
  2. went to bed with a blinding
  3. she has woken up speaking a variety
  4. I have come to terms
  5. I realize it's part
  6. strokes or traumatic
  7. damage the language
  8. sounds like it is tinged
  9. The condition was first
  10. One of these was a Japanese stroke
  1. documented in 1907
  2. with the fact
  3. center of our brain
  4. brain injuries
  5. Foreign Accent Syndrome
  6. with a foreign accent
  7. of accents before
  8. of me now
  9. patient
  10. headache

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
remained
variety
struggling
diagnosed
terms
perplexed
condition
blinding

An American woman has been (1) ____________ with the rare Foreign Accent Syndrome. The woman, Michelle Myers, 45, said that in 2015 she went to bed with a "(2) ____________ headache" and woke up with a British accent. The accent has remained with her ever since. Ms Myers said she has woken up speaking a (3) ____________ of accents before. She was totally (4) ____________ at waking up and speaking with an Australian or Irish accent. These disappeared after two weeks but the UK accent has (5) ____________. Myers told journalists that she found her (6) ____________, "really difficult to begin with". She said: "It was hard because I was really (7) ____________. I have come to (8) ____________ with the fact that I might sound like this forever. I realize it's part of me now."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
tinged
stroke
degree
documented
disorder
rhythm
traumatic
rare

Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS) is a (9) ____________ that typically occurs after strokes or (10) ____________ brain injuries that damage the language center of our brain. It varies in the (11) ____________ to which it affects someone's language and accent. In some cases, someone's native language sounds like it is (12) ____________ with a foreign accent; in other instances, (13) ____________, stress and pronunciation can completely change. The condition was first (14) ____________ in 1907 by French neurologist Pierre Marie. It is a relatively (15) ____________ condition. Only about 60 cases of FAS have been documented over the past century. One of these was a Japanese (16) ____________ patient who woke up sounding Korean, even though he had never been to Korea.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  An American woman has been diagnosed with the rare ______
     a.  Foreigner Accent Syndrome
     b.  Foreigners Accent Syndrome
     c.  Foreign Accent Syndrome
     d.  Foreignness Accent Syndrome
2) Michelle Myers, 45, said that in 2015 she went to bed with a "______"
     a.  blinding headache
     b.  blinking headache
     c.  binding headache
     d.  binning headache
3)  Ms Myers said she has woken up speaking a variety _____
     a.  of accents before
     b.  off accents before
     c.  over accents before
     d.  over-accent before
4)  These disappeared after two weeks but the UK accent ______
     a.  has rim mined
     b.  has ream aimed
     c.  has remind
     d.  has remained
5)  I have come to terms with the fact that I might ______ forever
     a.  sounds like this
     b.  sound like this
     c.  sounded like this
     d.  sounding like this

6)  a disorder that typically occurs after strokes or ______ injuries
     a.  trauma tick brain
     b.  trawl matt tick brain
     c.  traumatic brain
     d.  traumatise brain
7)  It varies in the degree to which it affects someone's ______ accent
     a.  language and
     b.  languages and
     c.  language arts and
     d.  language lab and
8)  In some cases, someone's native language sounds like it is ______ foreign accent
     a.  tinged wither
     b.  tinge with a
     c.  tin jade with a
     d.  tinged with a
9)  The condition was first documented in 1907 by ______ Pierre Marie
     a.  French neurology
     b.  French neurologist
     c.  French neurology is
     d.  French neurologists
10)  One of these was a Japanese stroke patient who woke ______ Korean
     a.  up sound in
     b.  up sanding
     c.  up thousand
     d.  up sounding

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

An American woman has (1) ___________________ the rare Foreign Accent Syndrome. The woman, Michelle Myers, 45, said that in 2015 she went to bed with (2) ___________________ and woke up with a British accent. The accent has remained with her ever since. Ms Myers said she has woken up speaking a (3) ___________________ before. She was totally perplexed at waking up and speaking with an Australian or Irish accent. These disappeared after two weeks but the UK (4) ___________________. Myers told journalists that she found her condition, "really difficult to begin with". She said: "It was hard because I (5) ___________________. I have come to terms with the fact that I might sound (6) ___________________. I realize it's part of me now."

Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS) is a (7) ___________________ occurs after strokes or traumatic brain injuries that damage the (8) ___________________ our brain. It varies in the degree to which it affects someone's language and accent. In some cases, someone's native language sounds like it is (9) ___________________ foreign accent; in other instances, rhythm, stress and pronunciation can completely change. The condition was (10) ___________________ 1907 by French neurologist Pierre Marie. It is a relatively rare condition. Only about 60 cases of FAS have been documented over (11) ___________________. One of these was a Japanese stroke patient who (12) ___________________ Korean, even though he had never been to Korea.

Comprehension questions

  1. What is the name of the condition the woman was diagnosed with?
  2. What did the woman go to be with before her accent changed?
  3. What other accents did the woman temporarily have?
  4. How long has the woman had the British accent?
  5. How does the woman feel about having the British accent forever?
  6. What part of the brain does the condition affect?
  7. What can the condition change besides rhythm and stress?
  8. When was the condition first documented?
  9. How many cases of the condition have been documented?
  10. How did a Japanese man wake up sounding?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What is the name of the condition the woman was diagnosed with?
a) Accent Change Disorder
b) Accent Reduction Symptom
c) Foreign Accent Syndrome
d) British Accent Disorder
2) What did the woman go to be with before her accent changed?
a) a really bad headache
b) a cup of warm milk
c) a "learn a British accent" book
d) her teddy bear
3) What other accents did the woman temporarily have?
a) English and Welsh
b) Austrian and Scottish
c) Canadian and Irish
d) Australian and Irish
4) How long has the woman had the British accent?
a) a year
b) since 2015
c) a month or two
d) since she was a child
5) How does the woman feel about having the British accent forever?
a) she doesn't know yet
b) she loves it
c) she has accepted it
d) she hates it

6) What part of the brain does the condition affect?
a) the back part
b) the language center
c) the front part
d) the middle
7) What can the condition change besides rhythm and stress?
a) intonation
b) phonemes
c) vowels
d) pronunciation
8) When was the condition first documented?
a) 1868
b) 1907
c) 1917
d) 1997
9) How many cases of the condition have been documented?
a) more than 60
b) exactly 60
c) just fewer than 60
d) around 60
10) How did a Japanese man wake up sounding?
a) Peruvian
b) French
c) American
d) Korean

Role play

Role  A – British English
You think British English is the best kind of English. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their kinds of English. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): American English, Australian English or Indian English.

Role  B – American English
You think American English is the best kind of English. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their kinds of English. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): British English, Australian English or Indian English.

Role  C – Australian English
You think Australian English is the best kind of English. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their kinds of English. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): American English, British English or Indian English.

Role  D – Indian English
You think Indian English is the best kind of English. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their kinds of English. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why):  American English, Australian English or British English.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'foreign'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'accent'.

  • ________________
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  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • occurs
    • damage
    • tinged
    • 1907
    • 60
    • never
    • rare
    • bed
    • before
    • condition
    • hard
    • part




    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.

    (Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

    Discussion - American woman wakes up with British accent

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'accent'?
    3. What do you think of your accent?
    4. What do you think of Foreign Accent Syndrome?
    5. What is your favourite accent?
    6. What do you think of the British accent?
    7. Why do we have different accents?
    8. Would you prefer to speak with a British or American accent?
    9. How would you feel if your accent suddenly changed?
    10. What have other people said about your accent?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'foreign'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How proud are you of your accent?
    5. What do you know about the brain's language center?
    6. What changes would you like to make to your accent?
    7. How can an accent affect your lifestyle?
    8. What's the best way to study pronunciation?
    9. What do you know about neurology?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the lady?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    An American woman has been (1) ____ with the rare Foreign Accent Syndrome. The woman, Michelle Myers, 45, said that in 2015 she went to bed with a "(2) ____ headache" and woke up with a British accent. The accent has (3) ____ with her ever since. Ms Myers said she has woken up speaking a variety of accents before. She was totally (4) ____ at waking up and speaking with an Australian or Irish accent. These disappeared after two weeks but the UK accent has remained. Myers told journalists that she found her condition, "really difficult to begin with". She said: "It was hard because I was really (5) ____. I have come to terms with the fact that I might sound like this forever. I (6) ____ it's part of me now."

    Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS) is a disorder that typically occurs after strokes or (7) ____ brain injuries that damage the language center of our brain. It varies in the (8) ____ to which it affects someone's language and accent. In some cases, someone's native language sounds like it is (9) ____ with a foreign accent; in other instances, rhythm, stress and pronunciation can completely change. The condition was first (10) ____ in 1907 by French neurologist Pierre Marie. It is a (11) ____ rare condition. Only about 60 cases of FAS have been documented over the past century. One of these was a Japanese stroke patient who woke up (12) ____ Korean, even though he had never been to Korea.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     diagnosis     (b)     diagnosed     (c)     diagnostic     (d)     diagnose    
    2. (a)     binding     (b)     blinding     (c)     blander     (d)     bending    
    3. (a)     remand     (b)     remind     (c)     remade     (d)     remained    
    4. (a)     perpendicular     (b)     perplexed     (c)     perpetuate     (d)     Perspex    
    5. (a)     straggling     (b)     struggling     (c)     staggering     (d)     staging    
    6. (a)     reality     (b)     really     (c)     realize     (d)     realism    
    7. (a)     climactic     (b)     dramatist     (c)     traumatic     (d)     didactic    
    8. (a)     certificate     (b)     license     (c)     degree     (d)     diploma    
    9. (a)     tuned     (b)     tingled     (c)     tangled     (d)     tinged    
    10. (a)     documentation     (b)     documentary     (c)     document     (d)     documented    
    11. (a)     relatively     (b)     comparative     (c)     restrictive     (d)     adaptive    
    12. (a)     sounder     (b)     sounded     (c)     sounds     (d)     sounding

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. egsnoaidd with the rare Foreign Accent Syndrome
    2. She was totally erpxelpde
    3. Myers told juionlssatr
    4. she found her toocidnni really difficult
    5. I was really ngtigrgusl
    6. I learize it's part of me

    Paragraph 2

    1. a disorder that pillcatyy occurs
    2. trmaiucat brain injuries
    3. tdgnie with a foreign accent
    4. rmyhth, stress and pronunciation
    5. French tiueslnoogr Pierre Marie
    6. a ltreeviayl rare condition

    Put the text back together

    1  ) An American woman has been diagnosed with the rare Foreign Accent Syndrome. The woman, Michelle Myers,
    (...)  45, said that in 2015 she went to bed with a "blinding headache" and woke up with a
    (...)  difficult to begin with". She said: "It was hard because I was really struggling. I have come to
    (...)  injuries that damage the language center of our brain. It varies in the degree to which it affects someone's language and accent. In some
    (...)  stress and pronunciation can completely change. The condition was first documented in 1907 by
    (...)  patient who woke up sounding Korean, even though he had never been to Korea.
    (...)  terms with the fact that I might sound like this forever. I realize it's part of me now."
    (...)  of accents before. She was totally perplexed at waking up and speaking with an Australian or Irish accent. These disappeared after
    (...)  French neurologist Pierre Marie. It is a relatively rare condition. Only about 60
    (...)  cases of FAS have been documented over the past century. One of these was a Japanese stroke
    (...)  cases, someone's native language sounds like it is tinged with a foreign accent; in other instances, rhythm,
    (...)  two weeks but the UK accent has remained. Myers told journalists that she found her condition, "really
    (...)  British accent. The accent has remained with her ever since. Ms Myers said she has woken up speaking a variety
    (...)  Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS) is a disorder that typically occurs after strokes or traumatic brain

    Put the words in the right order

    1. The   with   her   accent   has   remained   since   .   ever
    2. has   a   up   variety   woken   speaking   of   She   accents   .
    3. was   up   .   totally   waking   She   at   perplexed
    4. terms   the   I   have   with   to   fact   .   come
    5. it's   now   .   realize   I   me   of   part
    6. disorder   A   after   occurs   typically   strokes   .   that
    7. brain   .   that   damage   the   center   Injuries   of   our   language
    8. a   like   it   tinged   foreign   with   accent   .   is   Sounds
    9. 60   have   about   been   FAS   documented   .   Only   of   cases
    10. of   a   stroke   was   One   patient   .   these   Japanese

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    An American woman has been diagnosis / diagnosed with the rare Foreign Accent Syndrome. The woman, Michelle Myers, 45, said that in 2015 she went to bed with a "blinding / blinking headache" and woke up with a British accent. The accent has remain / remained with her ever since. Ms Myers said she has woken up speaking a variety / varied of accents before. She was totally perplexed / perspired at waking up and speaking with an Australian or Irish accent. These disappeared / disappearance after two weeks but the UK accent has remind / remained. Myers told journalists that she found her condition, "really difficult to begin for / with". She said: "It was hard because I was really struggling. I have come to terms / teams with the fact that I might sound like this forever. I realign / realize it's part of me now."

    Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS) is a disorder that typical / typically occurs after strokes or traumatic / trauma brain injuries that damage the language center of our brain. It varieties / varies in the degree to which it effects / affects someone's language and accent. In some cases / case, someone's native language sounds like it is tinged / tingled with a foreign accent; in other instances, rhythm, stress and pronunciation can complete / completely change. The condition was first documented in 1907 by French neurologist Pierre Marie. It is a relatively bare / rare condition. Only about 60 cases of FAS have been documented over / off the past century. One of these was a Japanese stroke patient who woke up sounding Korean, even / ever though he had never been to Korea.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

    A n   A m_r_c_n   w_m_n   h_s   b__ n   d__ g n_s_d   w_t h   t h_  r_r_  F_r__ g n   A c c_n t   S y n d r_m_.   T h_  w_m_n ,   M_c h_l l_  M y_r s ,   4 5 ,   s__ d   t h_t  _n   2 0 1 5   s h_  w_n t   t_  b_d   w_t h  _  " b l_n d_n g   h__ d_c h_"  _n d   w_k_ _p   w_t h  _  B r_t_s h  _c c_n t .   T h_ _c c_n t   h_s   r_m__ n_d   w_t h   h_r  _v_r   s_n c_.   M s   M y_r s   s__ d   s h_  h_s   w_k_n  _p   s p__ k_n g  _  v_r__ t y  _f  _c c_n t s   b_f_r_.   S h_  w_s   t_t_l l y   p_r p l_x_d  _t   w_k_n g  _p  _n d   s p__ k_n g   w_t h  _n   A_s t r_l__ n  _r   I r_s h  _c c_n t .   T h_s_  d_s_p p__ r_d  _f t_r   t w_  w__ k s   b_t   t h_  U K  _c c_n t   h_s   r_m__ n_d .   M y_r s   t_l d   j__ r n_l_s t s   t h_t   s h_  f__ n d   h_r   c_n d_t__ n ,   " r__ l l y   d_f f_c_l t   t_  b_g_n   w_t h " .   S h_  s__ d :   " I t   w_s   h_r d   b_c__ s_  I   w_s   r__ l l y   s t r_g g l_n g .   I   h_v_  c_m_  t_  t_r m s   w_t h   t h_  f_c t   t h_t   I   m_g h t   s__ n d   l_k_  t h_s   f_r_v_r .   I   r__ l_z_ _t ' s   p_r t  _f   m_  n_w . "

    F_r__ g n   A c c_n t   S y n d r_m_  (FAS)  _s  _  d_s_r d_r   t h_t   t y p_c_l l y  _c c_r s  _f t_r   s t r_k_s  _r   t r__ m_t_c   b r__ n  _n j_r__ s   t h_t   d_m_g_  t h_  l_n g__ g_  c_n t_r  _f  __ r   b r__ n .   I t   v_r__ s  _n   t h_  d_g r__   t_  w h_c h  _t  _f f_c t s   s_m__ n_' s   l_n g__ g_ _n d  _c c_n t .   I n   s_m_  c_s_s ,   s_m__ n_' s   n_t_v_  l_n g__ g_  s__ n d s   l_k_ _t  _s   t_n g_d   w_t h  _  f_r__ g n  _c c_n t ;  _n  _t h_r  _n s t_n c_s ,   r h y t h m ,   s t r_s s  _n d   p r_n_n c__ t__ n   c_n   c_m p l_t_l y   c h_n g_.   T h_  c_n d_t__ n   w_s   f_r s t   d_c_m_n t_d  _n   1 9 0 7   b y   F r_n c h   n__ r_l_g_s t   P__ r r_  M_r__ .   I t  _s  _  r_l_t_v_l y   r_r_  c_n d_t__ n .   O n l y  _b__ t   6 0   c_s_s  _f   F A S   h_v_  b__ n   d_c_m_n t_d  _v_r   t h_  p_s t   c_n t_r y .   O n_ _f   t h_s_  w_s  _  J_p_n_s_  s t r_k_  p_t__ n t   w h_  w_k_ _p   s__ n d_n g   K_r__ n ,  _v_n   t h__ g h   h_  h_d   n_v_r   b__ n   t_  K_r__ .

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    an american woman has been diagnosed with the rare foreign accent syndrome the woman michelle myers 45 said that in 2015 she went to bed with a blinding headache and woke up with a british accent the accent has remained with her ever since ms myers said she has woken up speaking a variety of accents before she was totally perplexed at waking up and speaking with an australian or irish accent these disappeared after two weeks but the uk accent has remained myers told journalists that she found her condition really difficult to begin with she said it was hard because i was really struggling i have come to terms with the fact that i might sound like this forever i realize its part of me now

    foreign accent syndrome fas is a disorder that typically occurs after strokes or traumatic brain injuries that damage the language center of our brain it varies in the degree to which it affects someones language and accent in some cases someones native language sounds like it is tinged with a foreign accent in other instances rhythm stress and pronunciation can completely change the condition was first documented in 1907 by french neurologist pierre marie it is a relatively rare condition only about 60 cases of fas have been documented over the past century one of these was a japanese stroke patient who woke up sounding korean even though he had never been to korea.

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    AnAmericanwomanhasbeendiagnosedwiththerareForeignAccentSy
    ndrome.Thewoman,MichelleMyers,45,saidthatin2015shewenttobe
    dwitha"blindingheadache"andwokeupwithaBritishaccent.Theaccent
    hasremainedwithhereversince.MsMyerssaidshehaswokenupspeaki
    ngavarietyofaccentsbefore.Shewastotallyperplexedatwakingupand
    speakingwithanAustralianorIrishaccent.Thesedisappearedaftertwo
    weeksbuttheUKaccenthasremained.Myerstoldjournaliststhatshefou
    ndhercondition,"reallydifficulttobeginwith".Shesaid:"Itwashardbec
    auseIwasreallystruggling.IhavecometotermswiththefactthatImight
    soundlikethisforever.Irealizeit'spartofmenow."ForeignAccentSyndr
    ome(FAS)isadisorderthattypicallyoccursafterstrokesortraumaticbr
    aininjuriesthatdamagethelanguagecenterofourbrain.Itvariesinthed
    egreetowhichitaffectssomeone'slanguageandaccent.Insomecases,
    someone'snativelanguagesoundslikeitistingedwithaforeignaccent;i
    notherinstances,rhythm,stressandpronunciationcancompletelycha
    nge.Theconditionwasfirstdocumentedin1907byFrenchneurologistPi
    erreMarie.Itisarelativelyrarecondition.Onlyabout60casesofFAShav
    ebeendocumentedoverthepastcentury.OneofthesewasaJapanesest
    rokepatientwhowokeupsoundingKorean,eventhoughhehadneverbe
    entoKorea.

    Free writing

    Write about British accent for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    An accent can be a help and a hindrance to us. Discuss. What do you think of your accent? Has it helped you?

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. ACCENTS: Make a poster about accents. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. BRITISH ACCENT: Write a magazine article about the British accent being the best in the world and the one students studying English should learn. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against it.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on accents. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your opinions on how accents can change our life. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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