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There are some inland states in the US where people speak with an accent that is totally incomprehensible to their country folks from other places, an English acquaintance of mine has been always baffled by his Scottish compatriots' speeches, and Germans living in the North find it hard to communicate with people from the south if they insist on speaking in their own dialects. If two Shanghainese are speaking in their vernacular in the presence of a guy from Beijing, then the Beijinger will be totally clueless as to what they are talking about. In those cases, accents actually play a role in obstructing articulate communications.|
A lot of Italians and people from Eastern Europe habitually end every utterance of an English word with a vowel, for example, they speak the word bearing like bellinger, and Indians speak English in a way like they all have a rubber ball in their mouth, and there is no difference between their pronunciations of voiced consonants and voiceless consonants in Indian English. This is not merely accent, this is a wrong way of speaking that would lead to misunderstanding, misinformation, and miscommunications.
That's why there are GA in the US, RP in the UK, AuE in Australia, CanE in Canada, which are all deemed accepted accents for communications among people. Incidentally, people from those countries have no problem understanding each other, because they basically follow the same phonetic rules despite the minor variations among them in some respects.
It is not right to ignore the issue of accents when students learn English. If you speak English like South Africans, Indians, Italians, (Germans are surprisingly pretty good at speaking English, though they usually speak the consonant S as Z), I would not say you fail, but your English certainly is flawed.
So it stands to reason that foreign teachers have to be from countries where English is the dominant official language, as kids would naturally imitate their teachers' way of speaking, and they need to know what decent English sounds like from a young age.