Should I give my Albanian girlfriend foreign-accent modification therapy?
by Daniel Barnett
(Bronx, NY, USA)
I have an Albanian girlfriend who has asked me to give her foreign-accent modification speech-language therapy. I have initially happily obliged. I have just administered the POEC (a foreign accent assessment for adults).
I am having mixed feelings if this is something that would be appropriate and ethical to do and if this is something I really want to do at this point.
I have past experience working with foreign accent clients during my masters and have succeeded quite well. It is just a very different feeling having a girlfriend as a client, and now find myself having mixed feelings if I should continue giving her therapy. Or might it be a better idea to find her another therapist who does not have a romantic relationship with her.