British and American English

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  • Melissa
    3 June, 2019 at 6:44
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    I teach English in England. I’m just wondering what other teachers advise regarding the use of American English? For example, spellings, prepositions, pronunciation. Many of my students use American English and I usually tell them that it’s American but it’s okay, then give them the British version, then remind them that American English is fine. I only strongly recommend using British English if the student is preparing for an exam or to study at a British university.

    Is there a general rule for teachers in the UK regarding this?

    7 June, 2019 at 8:43
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    Hi Melissa

    I would say that what you’re doing is spot on.

    Absolutely right that if they’re preparing for an exam in the UK, they need to be aware that the exam will probably use British English.

    In terms of general use, what I would normally advise is that both are absolutely fine, but that they try to be consistent with which they choose, rather than mixing them up.

    Hope that helps!


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