Reducing Accent Discrimination in the workplace: the effects of a prejudice control text in application procedures.
The aim of this study was to determine whether there was a difference between the assessments of a non-native English speaker and a native speaker of English and whether these assessments could be influenced by a prejudice control text. The study was conducted by means of a questionnaire in which Dutch participants were asked to evaluate job pitches in English of either a Dutch speaker or an American speaker. The questionnaire focused on understandability, competence, likeability, and status. The results of this study indicate that there was a significant difference between the evaluations of the two speakers. The American speaker was evaluated significantly more positively than the Dutch speaker. In contrast to the expectations, the prejudice control text did not show a significant effect on the assessments of the speakers. The findings of this study might be relevant for working people performing job interviews.
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