DREAMers, Deported Immigrants, the Dream Act, and Educating Foreigners for Success

accent reduction center speak english like an American immigration reformThe desparity between the advantages native-born Americans and naturalized citizens is no secret, and it’s also no secret that those who are here without papers are even further disadvantaged, especially when it comes to education, wages, and the ability to climb career ladders.

But that’s changing. Perhaps much like the March on Selma, the segregation battle, and the bravery of Rosa Parks, people on both sides of the literal and figurative fences are rising up, taking to the streets, and making it known that they want immigration reform. They want it for their friends, for their family, for their coworkers, and for themselves.

According to Ted Hesson of ABCNews, “The Senate bill would allow previously deported spouses, children and parents of permanent residents and citizens to apply for a provisional immigration status. The same would go for some young immigrants, aka DREAMers, who lived in the U.S. but have since been removed or voluntarily left the country.”

With this kind of thought and fire behind the movement, it won’t much matter what the House of Representatives does with their upcoming vote—eventually, immigration and how we look at immigration, immigrants, and the inalienable right to education for everyone in the US. What’s most important now is what immigrants will do with their legal right to be in the US once they have it. And one of the most powerful ways they can leverage their freedom to stay here is to educate themselves, work on fluency in English, and perfect an accent in English while working to reduce a foreign accent in spoken English.

Being able to speak English like an American is every bit as important as any degree an immigrant from anywhere can hold. Improving English pronunciation is the key to unlocking all other forms of potential for immigrants.

For those ready to continue moving forward even in the face of those who will try to back peddle the immigration movement, being able to be heard is tantamount to every effort in this fight and in the successful days to come thereafter.

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Could a Good American Accent Mean More Success? New Study Draws Interesting Conclusions

In a new study published in the latest journal of Evolution and Human Behaviour, individuals with clear, English deep-voices are more likely to achieve higher positions within a company, make $187,000 a year more than those with higher or stronger non-English accents, and they were found to have held their positions for longer than their non-native associates. So, it turns out it’s not what you say, but how you say it.

The research, led by professor William Mayew of Duke’s University’s business school, found that despite nationality, there was a strong reoccurrence of English pronunciation being a significant factor in how an individual’s authority and respect is decided upon by others. Judging others based on their accents is often done subconsciously, and given that the corporate world is so full of examples of deep voices and refined tones, that we don’t notice anything out of place until we hear it. Prime Minister Julia Gillard for example, has faced significant ridicule for her pronunciation, tone and accent. After a tour in America where school children asked her if locals speak English is Australia, she decided to undergo English pronunciation courses, which unsurprisingly to the study, her approval ratings rose significantly.

Professionals with English is a second language are beginning to take pronunciation courses online in hopes of being taken more seriously within their career. In a survey by Personnel Today, 84% of respondents trusted a statement when it was spoken in an American accent, yet only 11% believed the statement if it was spoken in a Scouse accent. Studies have continuously found similar findings that all end with the same conclusions of English accents have the most likely chance of being seen as responsible, professional, and worthy of higher positions.

While qualification should be based on factors that have nothing to do with pronunciation, given that it makes such a large impact on others subconsciously, it can be rewarding to business individuals who choose to work on this aspect of their professional career.