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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.

Accent-reduction classes now in demand

Published By: 
Chicago Tribune
Published Date: 
2009, July 5
Article Excerpt: 

Tom Zabkowski dreams of one day becoming a firefighter; and on paper, the Elmwood Park resident appears a near-perfect applicant: The 29-year-old served honorably in both the U.S. Army and the Illinois National Guard, and his resume touts his commercial driver's license as well as his numerous athletic interests.

Yet Zabkowski feels there's one thing holding him back.

"My accent," said the Poland-born plumber, whose family immigrated to Chicago when he was 10. "In formal interviews I want to sound professional, but I often find myself avoiding words I want to use."

When you can’t understand your doctor’s accent, you may be in trouble.

Published By: 
KindEthics.com
Published Date: 
2009, June 15
Article Excerpt: 

There are 329 languages being spoken in America, and with that comes many different accents. If you can’t understand your doctor, you may be in trouble. If you can’t hear the instructions for your surgery, how to take your medications or the information they are telling you about your disease, then how will you be able to get better?

A doctor’s accent

Published By: 
KevinMD.com
Published Date: 
2006, July 30
Article Excerpt: 

Although foreign-born physicians may have excellent medical training and comprehension of English, patients and co-workers can struggle to understand their speech and are often reluctant to call attention to the problem. For example, the numbers 15 and 50 can sound similar in some accents, as can the words “breathing” and “bleeding.” This increases the potential for medical errors, Wilner says.