The Speech Accent Archive houses over 200 examples of accents from around the world. Showing this resource to your students could be a good way to introduce them to the idea of accents. In Japan, teachers tend to unfairly put emphasis on the American way of pronouncing English. Showing students this epic variety of accents can illustrate that accents are normal and interesting. Plus, if you really connect the dots for them, you can also show Japanese students that their own accent isn’t something they need to be embarrassed about. Embrace the differences!! Even if you don’t use this as a classroom material, please check out this amazing archive for yourself.
P.S. ALT♦JTE Conect is back from spring break! With new textbooks and a new school year there will be tons to discuss.