I just wanna speak like a native English speaker.. Can you give me some ways on how to get that goal?
Thanks Amir, that's exactly what Saundz does. Also, I always suggest that the students take a paragraph from their favorite book, record themselves reading it and then listen to it and analyze mistakes. As you said, with the latest technology it's not difficult to do it at all and learners of all ages are used to having different devices that enable recording.
Phonetically, unless you moved to an English-speaking country within the age of, say-5 you can't sound like a native because your phonology and perception adjusts to what you're used to hear. (That's why sometimes we have trouble distinguisting between sounds). Don't bother trying to sound like a native, because:
There is not a single accent to refer to (Wanna learn RP? Nobody talks like that. Like Beckam? Only in the south and London). Retain yours and get sensitized to accent differences, that's my advice.
Nobody wants to hear you trying to sound like them. A single misplaced sound makes you fall "out" of the boundaries of an RP speaker or Estuary English speaker. Again, just don't bother, really.
As for other issues concerning language: grammar, vocabulary, syntax. Use grammars but damn, be ready to accept those rules being violated by speakers all the time. Language is shaped by speakers, not by books. Always remember that. So listen to PEOPLE, not CDs.
That's the best advice I can give you. Best wishes.
I wouldn't say that the RP is the easiest to acquire but I agree that there has to be one standard accent taught in schools. In an ideal scenario students could get used to multiple accents right from the start but that'd be too complex. Instead, there has to be a single standardized variety taught in all schools because it is impossible to predict how students would use the language in future.
Of course, some students don't worry about their accents but some find it very important because it affects their overall confidence when it comes to using the language.