Cultural diversity and representation is something 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 goal of our work will never be to reduce an accent, but to reduce communication barriers and develop more effective communication strategies. The reason for seeking English Accent Training (sometimes referred to as Accent Modification) 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, we 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. We'll work together to prioritize the targets that will lead to the most impact, and we'll practice in a way that works with your learning and life style.
A comprehensive and detailed assessment of communication may yield training in any or all of these areas, depending on your goals:
Pronunciation of individual speech sounds
Broader characteristics of speech, such as rhythm and intonation or inflection
General speaking habits such as rate of speech and non-verbal communication, such as body language
Practice with presentation delivery
Assertive communication strategies
Whether your goal is simply to be better understood, to fine-tune your pronunciation, or simply to speak English with greater confidence, our clinicians will work with you to assess your speech, determine realistic short-term goals, implement regular practice, and track your progress over time.
Examples of Goal Statements
II will be more easily understood while speaking English, across a variety of contexts (e.g. social, professional)
I will have an understanding of which targets or differences may reduce my comprehensibility
I will communicate in an engaging and authentic way
I will feel more confident speaking English
I will improve pronunciation 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