Jenn Hicks

Accent Reduction

What is Accent Reduction?

Accent reduction is a systematic method for changing speech patterns, including pronunciation, intonation, and rhythm.

Through Accent Reduction services, you will become familiar with the basic sounds of spoken English and identify those that are challenging for you. You will learn how rate, melody, rhythm and placement are as important for clear speech as properly formed vowels and consonants. When necessary, vocal presentation including pitch, loudness, and intonation will be addressed. In general, you’ll begin to hear and feel how to modify your speech to communicate more clearly, and achieve a more Canadian sounding speech.

Who Can Benefit from Training?

Anyone who speaks English as a second language or whose accent impacts their personal or professional life.

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Lawyers
  • Receptionists
  • Executives
  • Broadcasters
  • Telemarketers
  • Teachers
  • Clergy
  • Realtors
  • Politicians
  • Customer Service Representatives

You may find accent reduction services helpful if you:

  • Are a non-native speaker of Canadian English who has difficulty producing specific English phonemes (or sounds) in different positions within words, phrases, and/or sentences.
  • Have good Canadian English vocabulary and syntax skills.
  • Have difficulty with the placement of emphasis, or speed of producing Canadian words and phrases.
  • Omit parts of Canadian English words
  • Have difficulty with Canadian English cultural rules of communication.
  • Notice that your speech production in conversations interferes significantly with effective communication at school, work, and/or in the community.

What can I expect from Accent Reduction therapy?

With your commitment to therapy, an Accent Reduction program will help you to:

  • Speak more effectively
  • Experience greater understanding from listeners
  • Explore career growth opportunities
  • Improve self confidence and self esteem
  • Improve your professional image

In particular, therapy will enable you to:

  • Correctly produce Canadian English phonemes in different communicative contexts.
  • Speak with clarity and intelligibility when speaking in Canadian English with others at school, work, and in the community.
  • Understand the sound features specific to of Canadian English.
  • Understand the sound differences between your first language and Canadian English.
  • Produce intonational features of the Canadian English language appropriately in different communicative situations.
  • Implement the cultural rules of using Canadian English in different communicative contexts.

When can I expect improvement?

No two individuals are the same. Rate and degree of improvement depend on a number of factors, such as the extent of the foreign accent, additional needs such as grammatical or voice improvement, and commitment to the program. Foreign accent reduction takes hard work and dedication. Individuals who attend recommended sessions and practice diligently can expect a significant change in their accent or dialect.

 

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