Accent Modification

Accent Modification

Why should I work on my accent?

Did you learn to read and write English many years ago and now understand the language proficiently?

Are you currently frustrated by your pronunciation efforts despite your mastery of written English?

Do you see your accented English as creating a barrier to your success at work or an obstacle in relationships with others?

What will I gain?

Speech training to modify your accent will allow you to gain new skills that will transcend speaking situations at home and at work.  You will not lose your accent, nor will you speak your native language with an American accent.  Rather, you will gain a new skill of speaking English clearly and more naturally that can be used whenever and wherever it’s beneficial to you.

What will I gain?

Speech training to modify your accent will allow you to gain new skills that will transcend speaking situations at home and at work.  You will not lose your accent, nor will you speak your native language with an American accent.  Rather, you will gain a new skill of speaking English clearly and more naturally that can be used whenever and wherever it’s beneficial to you.

What is this program about?

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Assessments

As part of the speech training program, you will receive a personalized assessment of your speech skills in English at varying levels of difficulty (words, sentences, reading, conversation). This analysis will be used to plan the specific sounds for your training program. At the end of training, you will receive a second personalized assessment so that you can see the progress you made.

Training

The core of the speech training program I provide is based up on Dr. Arthur J. Compton’s Pronouncing English as a Second Language (P-ESL).  I offer classes  in-person or via web-based conferencing, individually or in small groups, in either a 7-week or 13-week format.   All classes are individualized to your specific speech sounds.  As part of the speech training program, you will receive a life-time access to an interactive web-based speech lab where you are able to record your speech and make comparisons to a standard.  This will be the main component of your daily speech practice.

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Additional skills

In addition to speech sound work, other skills will be addressed in your speech training program.  These include projecting your voice, saying the complete word, proper patterns of intonation and syllable stress, pronunciation of words specific to your personal or professional needs, and practice in a variety of speaking situations.

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Certificate

At the end of your speech training program, you will receive an official course completion certificate.  You will also receive a final personalized speech assessment which contains a pre- and post- assessment analysis and recommendations for further work if desired. Additional sessions can be scheduled at that time on an as-needed basis.

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