Accent Modification Training

How can accent modification training help?

I have helped clients quickly progress and become confident in their speech intelligibility and get the jobs they dreamed of!

  • Do you want to be understood without having to repeat yourself?

  • Do you feel your accent is affecting your confidence, social life, academics or career?

  • Do you feel you have trouble understanding the American accent?

I can help you boost your communication skills by helping you improve your American accent and clarity so you can be more successful in life in the US!


What is Accent Modification?

Accent Modification can be known as: American Accent Training, American English Accent Training, Accent Reduction, Accent Training, Accent Lessons, American Pronunciation, American Accent and Accent Coaching.

Accent Modification helps people with foreign or regional accents reduce their accent and be more understandable, natural-sounding, and confident in speaking with a more "American English Accent".

Since every language and dialect has its unique characteristics, specialized lessons focus on learning American English:​

  • Sound Pronunciation- learn the mouth movements to accurately pronounce American English speech sounds

  • Word/Syllable Stress Patterns- learn to put emphasis on syllables and words in sentences to help you say words intelligibly

  • Intonation - learn the melodic American English speech patterns

  • Rhythm- learn the pacing and reductions that give American English speech its particular rhythm

Some clients also wish for instruction in American English grammar and common phrases/expressions.

Will Accent Modification Coaching eliminate my accent?

No, the point of accent modification is to change the particular sounds, stress, rhythm, and intonation patterns that are most affecting your ability to be understood and be a confident and successful American English speaker.

What do we do in Accent Modification?

Sessions are 60 minutes long either virtually or in person. In the first session, you will receive a speech evaluation in order to determine your individual goals. Over the following weeks, you will be given instruction in sound pronunciation, word stress, and sentence rhythm and intonation. As you progress, we will ensure that you properly say the words you use most often in social and work situations. In addition, if you would like, instruction is offered on grammar, common American English expressions, presentation skills, interview preparation, and body language. My goal is to provide you with the skills needed to become the most successful and confident English speaker possible!

Why do others have trouble understanding me?

If you mispronounce particular sounds or stress patterns, the listener may struggle to understand you or believe you said a different word. In addition, listener fatigue may set in. Listener Fatigue is when significant effort is required to listen to and understand a speaker. Background noise, a rate of speech that is too slow or fast, or the speaker having an unfamiliar accent may cause the listener to become fatigued in deciphering what you are saying. Therefore, a listener may have trouble focusing on your message since considerable attention may be required.

Can I do Accent Modification on my own with books, videos, apps, etc?

These tools can be beneficial, however, you may not be addressing your particular problems or accurately modifying your speech. If you work with an accent modification coach, we can determine your specific needs, provide feedback and help you achieve accurate pronunciation. In addition, we can tackle other language needs that may not be addressed or found in these tools. Accent Modification coaching is a systematic approach that focuses on your individual needs and provides you with the support to ensure you are making accurate modifications.

Why Choose a Speech-Language Pathologist for Accent Modification Lessons?

As communication specialists, speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are uniquely qualified to provide accent modification training:

• SLPs take undergraduate and graduate courses in language development, articulation, phonetics, phonology, and the anatomy and physiology of the speech & hearing mechanism.

• SLPs are experts trained in modifying, remediating and rehabilitating speech sound production.

• SLPs have also received training in voice, and resonance, as well as the suprasegmental aspects of speech, language, and communication. These include stress, rhythm, intonation, word linking & word reductions.

• SLPs are knowledgeable in nonverbal communication skills, such as volume, tone of voice, facial expression, and body language.

• SLPs take a holistic approach, and train English pronunciation and communication skills to refine and strengthen the whole package (verbal, non-verbal, and cultural communication skills).

SLP education includes years of training and fellowship work (working under another certified SLP), and continuing education hours every year.

• SLPs hold certification mandated by their state, and by the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association.