Here's my first nerdy linguist blog post. While working on a lit review, I ran across these two pop-sci articles about the interlanguage speech intelligibility benefit:
Know What I'm Saying? Mais Oui!
Accent No Barrier to Understanding
It's great when the popular press can take hold of what we do and help people to realize that it's real science, and it's interesting and it's not that esoteric or scary. Yay for Bent and Bradlow (2003)!