The Silencing of ESL Speakers


Many companies now understand that having a diverse and inclusive workforce brings real benefits, including higher-than-average profits. But while diversity and inclusion policies typically focus on overcoming biases based on race, ethnicity, disability, age, gender and sexual orientation, hundreds of millions of people are affected by another bias because they are not native speakers of the English language. Studies show that nonnative English speakers are considered by native English speakers as less successful, intelligent and believable than other native English speakers.

English is the common language of global business. Companies such as Siemens, Nissan, Honda, Sodexo, Rakuten and Renault have adopted English as their official working…


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Credit to Paul Stevens for the original post.

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