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Policies and practices regarding students with accents in speech-language pathology training programs.

Levy, Erika S.; Crowley, Catherine J.

Speech-language pathology (SLP) training programs are the initial gateway for non-native speakers of English to join the SLP profession. An anonymous web-based survey in New York State examined policies and practices implemented when SLP students have foreign accents in English or in other languages. Responses were elicited from 530 students and 28 clinic and program directors. Few policies delineated criteria for determining how native-like or intelligible students’ speech needed to be in order for them to work effectively or for determining when accent modification was required. Students with foreign accents in English were asked more often to undergo accent modification than were students with foreign accents in Spanish or other languages. Strategies for practices regarding SLP students with accents are proposed.

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Communication Disorders Quarterly
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1177/1525740111409567

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Communication Sciences and Disorders
Published Here
July 14, 2020

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Key words: service delivery, cultural/linguistic diversity, English as a second language/bilingualism/dialects, intelligibility, professional policy