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The negative impact an accent can have on your academic career: podcast

Speaking with an accent and having English as your second language in the higher education sector can become a hurdle for your career, leading to missed promotion opportunities, funding or even paper publications. 

“In certain settings, having an accented English can be seen as being less competent, less intelligent," senior lecturer in Linguistics and Language Lab Director at UWA, Celeste Rodriguez Louro, told Campus Review.

“People assume that someone with a mainstream accent is more knowledgeable.”  

According to Rodriguez Louro, women with an accented English are even more likely to suffer from the situation as they tend to be regarded as having less credibility than their male counterparts. 

She joined Campus Review to discuss the impact of having an accent in an academic career.

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