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Practicing Pronunciation With Kids Helps Immigrants Reduce Accent

Many people immigrate to the US to create more opportunities for themselves and their children. When these people embark on the journey of learning how to speak English, itís often the case that their best teachers can be their children.


First generation American children whose parents are from India, Asia, and Latin America, among other places, are able to assist their parents in learning English, and whatís more, they are also able to help them with American English pronunciation once they have a firm grasp on reading, writing, and comprehending English without assistance or translation.

In 2012, thousands of Burmese refugees came to the US as part of a political upheaval. Most parents did not speak English, so many of the schools that began teaching their children implemented programs for parents to learn alongside them. It came as no surprise that the children picked up both the language and the English pronunciation much more quickly than their parents, and were thus able to help their parents learn to speak English more fluently. One educator in Maryland, Jonathan Davis noted, ďI really see it as the beginning of a great partnership between a school and we have just begun to scratch the surface with how that could benefit, really, the greater community"

Once immigrant parents enter the workforce, they are faced with challenges, including ensuring their education is applicable in the US; many have to retest or go back to school to certify themselves to practice within their profession stateside. Many will have to pass the TOEFL test. For those whose English reading and writing is good, but whose English speaking is not easily understood by native English speakers, an online accent reduction course can teach how to pass the spoken portion of the TOEFL exam. Being able to pass all sections of the TOEFL exam is essential as failing any section means retaking the exam, and there is a mandatory waiting period of two months between retakes.

To reduce accent in English and learn how to speak English like an American, relying solely on the next generation may not be possible as these children have their own education to tend to. Whatís more, they donít have the skill set that a professional accent reduction coach has to help people speak English confidently.

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