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Why I Took the Accent Reduction Training

April, 2011
Preetham Gowda, The Pittsburgh Patrika

About a year ago, I started some professional training that surprised some of my Indian friends and colleagues. I started working with a coach, Judy Tobe of Claro Accent Reduction, to help me speak English with more of a neutral accent

I was born and raised in Bangalore, and I have been studying English since I was a kid. I also speak the mother tongue, Kannada.

In 2003, when I was 21 years old, I moved to the United States to earn a master's degree in computer science from Old Dominion University in Virginia.

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Heinz College Partners with American Accent Specialist to Provide International Students with Edge in Workplace

Dec 03, 2010
Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University

As the workplace becomes more global and job competition intensifies, communication skills are more critical than ever. For non-native speakers of English, the challenge is compounded. In order to address this emerging reality, Carnegie Mellon University's H. John Heinz III College has partnered with pronunciation expert Judy Tobe to help give international students a competitive advantage when seeking employment.

"We attract the best and brightest from around the world," says Andy Wasser, associate dean for Heinz College's School of Information Systems and Management. "They have strong English comprehension skills, but they aren't always easy to understand. If others are less likely to interact with them in workplace or academia, it becomes a real hindrance to their career success."

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Helping non-American professionals speak English more clearly

Sunday, December 12, 2010
By Joyce Gannon, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

As a speech pathologist in the 1980s and 1990s, Judy Tobe worked closely with individuals suffering from neurological and facial disorders, and she provided diagnostic expertise about whether surgery would help or hinder the patients' communication skills.

When she switched career gears in the early 2000s and became a professional mediator, she handled many labor disputes that she believed resulted from a breakdown in communication in the workplace.

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