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Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

Linda Drake-Gobbo


Some foreign national employees lack English proficiency, have poor pronunciation skills, and find it difficult to be understood due to their strong native accent when speaking English. The Accent Modification Program (AMP) is designed to provide an opportunity for non-native English-speaking employees at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, primarily postdoctoral research associates, to advance their English-speaking skills especially as it relates to oral presentation proficiency. The program design is informed by the needs assessment based on data collection via personal interviews, professional observations and experience of the author. AMP will provide regularly scheduled group sessions with a native-English speaking facilitator. The curriculum of the program is based on ESL principles combining practical tools and communication skills needed for successful oral presentation and audience understanding. This program is funded by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and is offered to any interested non-native English-speaking employee at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Adult and Continuing Education | Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Curriculum and Instruction | International and Comparative Education | Language and Literacy Education


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