ENGLISH ACCENT TRAINING
Cultural diversity and representation is one of Toronto's best features and is one to be celebrated. An accent is not a disorder, but support in English Accent Training may be appropriate for those who speak English as an additional language and feel effective communication in English is a barrier for them. The reason for seeking accent modification training often varies. Some individuals seek to feel more easily understood, while others want to improve confidence in the workplace or in professional contexts, such as with phone calls or presentations.
As Speech-Language Pathologists, our clinicians have deep background knowledge and experience in key areas, such as speech sound production, phrasing, intonation and prosody, rhythm and syllabic stress, phonetics, language development and acquisition, communication anxiety reduction, workplace communication, and confident voice.
EXAMPLES OF GOAL STATEMENTS:
I will be more easily understood while speaking English, across a variety of contexts (e.g. social, professional)
I will communicate in an engaging and authentic manner
I will feel more confident speaking English
I will improve pronuncation of specific speech sounds
I will improve the intonation and rhythm of speaking
I will communicate effectively by reducing less beneficial speaking patterns (e.g. vocal fry, fast rate of speech)
I will feel comfortable using advanced vocabulary
A comprehensive approach to accent modification will include detailed assessment and training in all of these areas:
Pronunciation of individual speech sounds (such as the commonly tricky “R” and “TH” sounds)
Broader characteristics of accent such as rhythm and intonation or inflection
General speaking habits such as rate of speech and non-verbal communication