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Do you speak English?

Published By: 
Manila Standard Today
Published Date: 
2010, July 13
Article Excerpt: 

In one of the studies we conducted about tuberculosis in our institution, we counted more than 70 different nationalities in our study population. Now imagine trying to understand all those different ethnic groups speaking English in their different renditions of it. It took me a while to get used to these differences. And some patients we took care of did not even speak English at all! ... It is not just the immigrants, though, who speak English in different ways. People from different regions of the US have distinctive ways of speaking the language as well

Yes, the Accent Hurts Your Job Search

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The Wall Street Journal
Published Date: 
2010, July 9
Article Excerpt: 

A foreign accent makes it difficult for a speaker to establish credibility, according to the results of a new psychology study. In the U.S., where jobs are scarce and non-native English speakers are plentiful, that can make for frustrating employment searches.

Classes help immigrant casino workers in Atlantic City master the English language

Published By: 
Press of Atlantic City
Published Date: 
2010, June 5
Article Excerpt: 

The problem often comes not with failure to understand English, but with accents and inflection, Hendrixson said. So Trump Entertainment also has classes in pronunciation and accent reduction. ... There can be misunderstandings even when both people are native English speakers, such as someone from New York talking with a person from Australia.

Discrimination widespread against those with foreign accents

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The Montreal Gazette
Published Date: 
2010, May 15
Article Excerpt: 

In an age when it's socially unacceptable to pass judgment based on culture or skin colour, discrimination is widespread against people who speak English or other vernacular languages with a foreign accent, new research suggests.

"In general, accents that are from Asian countries and accents that are from Central America and South America in the U.S. are perceived more negatively, and Canada as well," says Agata Gluszek, a PhD candidate at Yale University.

Doctors benefit from accent reduction training

Published By: 
Australia English Institute
Published Date: 
2010, May 11
Article Excerpt: 

It is essential that patients can understand the information that the doctor is giving them and a strong accent can sometimes be a distraction. Mispronounced words, instructions spoken too rapidly, as well as inappropriate tones, can cause confusion and give the wrong impression to patients.

Ahhhnold “Afraid” of Deportation from AZ

Published By: 
Fox News
Published Date: 
2010, May 11
Article Excerpt: 

In his thick Austrian accent, Schwarzenegger explained to Emory University: "I was also going to give a graduation speech in Arizona this weekend," he joked. "But with my accent, I was afraid they would try to deport me."

Heavily Accented Teachers Removed from Arizona Classrooms

Published By: 
The Washington Post
Published Date: 
2010, May 2
Article Excerpt: 

School districts in Arizona are under orders from the state's Department of Education to remove from classrooms teachers who speak English with a very heavy accent or whose speech is ungrammatical.

Heavily accented teachers removed from Arizona classrooms

Published By: 
The Washington Post
Published Date: 
2010, April 30
Article Excerpt: 

School districts in Arizona are under orders from the state's Department of Education to remove from classrooms teachers who speak English with a very heavy accent or whose speech is ungrammatical.

See no profiling, hear no profiling

Published By: 
The Economist
Published Date: 
2010, April 24
Article Excerpt: 

What might give an Arizona public servant "reasonable suspicion" that a dark-skinned landscaping worker with limited English and a pronounced Mexican accent were in the United States illegally, as opposed to, say, a light-skinned journalist with an American accent like me? Primarily three factors: skin colour, accent and social status. It seems extremely unlikely that Arizona agencies will begin asking everyone they encounter to produce a passport or proof of American citizenship.

Air passengers admit to feeling safer when a male pilot with a 'posh accent' is flying a plane

Published By: 
Mail Online
Published Date: 
2010, March 30
Article Excerpt: 

An address to passengers by a pilot with an upper class accent is more reassuring than those who are in possession of a regional twang, new research has found.