I teach in a primary school in Yorkshire and encounter many colloquialisms and regional dialect. Should I correct their speech or should I help protect the regional language identity? As an RP speaker, my instinct is always to correct colloquialisms, however I always hold back for fear of eroding their language identity. Examples include; He’s on’computer (omitting the: also indefinite article) Was there anyone wi’ya (with you) 10 while 6 (10 until 6) I warn’t (I wasn’t) I didn’t do owt (nothing/anything) Obviously in formal writing this is not acceptable, but in everyday speech? Opinions/advice please!