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Accents Away Helps Sarasota Immigrants Improve Their English-Speaking Abilities

Posted: April 8th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Sarasota immigrants who need help preparing for an interview, understanding idioms, or just improving their social skills can find it with Accents Away.

Marcia Hoodwin is a certified speech pathologist living in Sarasota, FL.  She learned her craft at Indiana University where she received her bachelor’s degree and San Diego State University where she received her Master’s in Speech Pathology.  She worked for a small contracting business in New Mexico for several years before moving to Chicago and founding her own company, Accents Away.  In Chicago she worked with corporate clients whose employees needed assistance improving their English-speaking abilities.

After a few too many Chicago winters, she was looking for a warmer climate and got a contract for a job in North Port, FL.  The contract was for 3 months.  18 years later Marcia still lives in the Sarasota area and works improving the English-speaking skills of Sarasota and Tampa Bay area immigrants.

Accents Away offers accent modification, vocational rehab, and pediatric speech therapy.  Marcia works mostly with foreign-born professionals looking to improve their language skills.  She has helped all types, from doctors and nurses, to young children with speech impediments and she has quite a few success stories.

One story is about a young woman from Colombia, named Ruth, who immigrated to the United States with barely any English language ability.  She worked her way through an accounting degree and is currently finishing a master’s degree in taxation.  She had difficulty with interviewing and sought help with Marcia.  Last year Ruth obtained her citizenship and recently accepted a lucrative job at a CPA’s office in Ft. Lauderdale.  Everyone is inspired by Ruth’s work ethic, even her boyfriend who recently decided to enroll in engineering school himself!

Accents Away Success Story, Ruth

Accents Away Success Story, Ruth

Another story involved a young woman from Japan who ran a successful Internet-based business and spoke English well but had difficulty in social situations.  Marcia designed a 13-week course for her that touched on social situations.  This helped the woman gain confidence and speak English better.  Now Marcia is proud to report that her former client is quite active; dating and volunteering.

Accents Away can be helpful for foreign-born professionals who wish to improve their English skills, children with speech impediments, or foreigners who simply want to gain confidence in the use of English.  Marcia’s #1 tip: Open your mouth and speak slowly.

Sarasota Speech Pathologist Marcia Hoodwin

Sarasota Speech Pathologist Marcia Hoodwin

Marcia can be contacted via:

  • 941-921-9533

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Written by Chris Jaensch

Chris Jaensch

Attorney P. Christopher Jaensch received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 1992 and a Juris Doctor degree in 1995 from the University of Florida. While at UF, he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa Society and Florida Blue Key, the oldest and most prestigious leadership honorary in the state of Florida.

Mr. Jaensch is a member of the Florida Bar, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Sarasota Bar Association. He has served as President of the Sarasota-Manatee International Trade Club and served as Regional Vice Chair, Tampa Bay, for the Central Florida Chapter of AILA. He was a member of City of Sarasota Charter Review Committee and has been active in several local organizations, including the influential Laurel Park Neighborhood Association in downtown Sarasota.

Mr. Jaensch has over 18 years of experience in the field of immigration and nationality law and focuses his practice on four primary categories (a) investors and entrepreneurs, (b) business executives, managers and professionals, (c) amateur and professional athletes and coaches and (d) performing artists and immigrants with extraordinary ability.

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