How to choose correct accent for your elearning voiceover?
The voice-overs are an important part of the elearning module.
It’s because the accent makes an important impact on the audience. Their hearing and understanding ability depends on the accent.
Accent of Received Pronunciation
It is a good accent. This accent is suitable once the audience is from different countries. You can use this accent if the audience is from countries where the second language is English. It’s an articulate accent for such an audience. This has been the standard accent for many kinds of audience, but many other accents are also present.
Accent of regional English
This kind of accent pertains to the area to which the audience belongs. If the audience is from Britain, it’s better to have an accent of their place. The local accent is also important. The accent has to be different for northern Britain and the south UK. In general, the accents are different for southern and south-eastern UK than the northern UK. In a vast demographic such as that of UK, it’s not always better to have British accents, but a slight touch of such accents for the more remote areas.
Elearning is best suited when the learner can identify with the accent. Sometimes, when the audience is from a country where English is the second language, it’s better to have a native accent. For example, if the audience is from a Spanish speaking country, then the speaker must be a native Spaniard. But sometimes, the teacher with such an accent can also have an adverse effect. The audience might think that if the teacher could not learn how to have an English accent, how would they be able to learn it.
Such native accents are important for language courses where English is taught. It’s better to have native speakers for elearning courses for those with English as a second language even if the courses are not about language training.
With a native accent, the learning rates are high. Its because the course might be directed towards the working class consisting of plumbers and they might not know much English. So, for them, it’s better to have a native accent than the received pronunciation accent.
Dialogue in multiple accents is also effective. It can make sure that the different kind of audience can relate to such accents. Also, different kind of characters can be shown with different accents. With different accents, you can make sure that the audience gets a hang of the real world. Indeed, we often come across different accents in our everyday lives. Having different kinds of accents also makes sure that the audiences’ moods are changed throughout the course.
You can get a test run conducted to find your perfect accent. You can see the audience reaction’s to different kinds of voices to know which is best for their needs. You can get voice artists with different accent skills who can record voices in different accents.
This is how you can decide about the accent of the voiceover in your elearning module.