Accent Reduction Boot Camp - a dramatic new approach to accent reduction in Auckland, New Zealand
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The US Supreme Court some time ago upheld the non-hiring of an otherwise excellent job applicant because of his heavy Filipino accent in Fragante v. City and County of Honolulu, in a decision handed down in 1990. Fragante applied for a job with the Department of Motor Vehicles and Licensing. He topped the written examinations. But as soon as he entered the interview room, the interviewers were floored by his "very pronounced accent which is difficult to understand." He wasn't hired.
He filed suit under US civil rights laws. But the courts held that his thick accent affected his job performance.
The irony was that during the trial, Fragante testified for two straight days in English, in nearly perfect grammar and syntax. His counsel had argued that if he wasn't easily understood, it was because his hearers automatically tuned off as soon as they detected his accent. It wasn't that his tongue wouldn't cooperate, but that other people's ears - and minds - closed up when they heard him. His ineffectiveness at his job lay, not in the stubbornness of his tongue, but in the callousness of his listeners' hearts.
Raul Pangalangan August 19, 2005 Philippine Daily Inquirer
Britain: "A surgeon at a leading hospital has said he had to stop halfway through an operation because foreign nurses could not follow his instructions. As a result, he said he has been threatened with disciplinary action for racism. David Nunn, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Guy's and St Thomas's Hospitals, in London, told The Telegraph that he was unable to complete the operation last week without certain instruments. When he asked the nurses, all of whom were foreign, to find them, 'I was met with a selection of bemused reactions,' he said.
Mr Dunn, 48, said his superiors had accused him of racism and threatened him with being disciplined." Dunn said the influx of nurses from outside Britain are "without doubt well-trained and dedicated professionals, but if medical staff cannot communicate effectively then patients' care may be put at risk."
Richard Eden, Daily Telegraph, Jul. 22
Imagine what it would be like ....... if an international English accent was second nature to you so that native English speakers would struggle to identify your country of origin. What could successful accent reduction be worth to you - in terms of your job prospects, your level of pay, your new career possibilities?
If you are one of the 47 million people worldwide who count English as their first language but whose English pronunciation was formed in a regional culture, you'll probably have experienced the frustration of being passed over for promotion in a career where an international English accent is crucial - industries such as airlines, hospitals, call centres, media or education. Does it make you furious when someone with fewer qualifications is promoted ahead of you? Does it make your blood boil when you are rejected after an interview, although you know your qualifications were perfect for the job?
The Problem of Listener Prejudice
Clearly part of the problem is the phenomenon of "listener prejudice" where native speakers, when they identify foreign English pronunciation, subconsciously tune off what you are saying.
The science of regional accent reduction has made rapid advances in the last few years as the English language continues to extend its dominance of world trade. Now the latest regional accent reduction programmes include making you aware of the English pronunciation errors that trigger listener prejudice, and teach you strategies for defusing that reaction.
New Advances in Accent ReductionCareer-ambitious people are discovering that investing the time and effort into a state-of-the-art regional accent reduction programme pays swift dividends. Even more satisfying than the financial and career advantages, accent reduction graduates report a satisfying buzz they get from being able to communicate on an equal footing with native speakers.
Regional accent reduction programmes can take you a few weeks or a few years. Shrewd, forward-looking companies provide courses for their valued employees, realizing that the company stands to gain as much from the result as you do.
The most effective courses offer you individual diagnosis and counseling.
You'll get better results when the course is held in a "total immersion" environment, where you can escape the drag factor influence of your regional accent.
Accent reduction courses held in native-language speaking countries are becoming more and more popular. You take part in the course. You live and breathe the new accent in the street, in the shops, with a host family , when you turn on the television, when you go out to eat. There are hundreds of opportunities to practise the accent with native speakers, and without having your friends sabotage your progress.
Are you one of the 4.5 million people worldwide who are locked into a job below their ability and who are regularly passed over for promotion because of an "accent problem"?
At the Accent Reduction Boot Camp in Auckland, New Zealand we've developed a dramatic new approach to regional accent reduction. As well as including individual diagnoses and state of the art software programmes, the Boot Camps are based on a ground-breaking methodology.
In my experience, you'll achieve the most dramatic and long-lasting regional accent reduction results when you're fully involved, relaxed and thoroughly enjoying the process as well as the result. This is what the Accent Reduction Boot Camp offers to you.
There are three Boot Camps in the Accent Reduction Boot Camp series. Each approaches the target of regional accent reduction from a different direction. But all three have the same specific goal - your mastery of a clear "mid-Atlantic" accent. The "mid-Atlantic" accent is a neutral English pronunciation favoured by people in the media - radio, television, and film in both Britain and the U.S.A. Because it is the prestige English accent is used all over the English-speaking world.
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I've shown you how the Accent Reduction Boot Camp can open up new career possibilities for you in just a few weeks. Now, it's time for you to act on this.
Take the first step towards your new career today.
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Imagine ... in less than a month you could be living the life you've always dreamed of. Imagine increasing your paycheck by 10%, 20% or 30%, starting a new career, traveling the world - all because you decided to say "YES" to accent reduction today.
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"There was this engineer I'd phoned in Boston eight months ago to check through a new programme we were trialing. He gave me a really hard time, making me repeat every question and shouting down the phone at me like I was deaf. I had to phone him again the other day. Just asking for him by name made my hands sweat. But I remembered the things I'd learned in my accent reduction course and I kept my cool. He didn't remember me. He talked me through the process step by step. At the end of the conversation he said: "Hey, I can hear a bit of an accent in your voice. Do you mind if I ask which country you're from?" I laughed and told him. But it was a great feeling!" Dinesh - India