The issue of accent keeps coming up with the students that rehearse oral presentations with me – and I’m not the one bringing it up. Many students are very self-conscious about their accent. Some of them just ask for advice on how to pronounce this or that word, others express their concern that they will receive a worse grade for their presentation because of their heavy accent, yet others are worried about their future job interviews, some of which could happen over the phone. And recently one of the students asked me whether there is an accent reduction program/service/course/whatever available at Baruch. I don’t think there is anything like that, am I wrong?
It seems to me that given a large number of ESL students at Baruch, this would be a valuable program to have. And if nothing like that exists at Baruch, maybe we should think about collaborating with the ESL program on this issue. If there aren’t very many resources available for a consultation service or a course on accent reduction, maybe it would be worth it to acquire someaccent reduction software? What do you all think?