Accent Reduction Programs

Accent Reduction ProgramsPrior to starting any program, your speech pattern is examined by using speech sampling, audio tape recording and phonologic sound formation assessments. Computer analysis is provided to assess pitch, intensity or intonational patterns that may interfere with speaker intelligibility.

Thirteen week individual or group program
This 13 week program is recommended for individuals who have less than average command of English pronunciation and grammar. It includes 90-minute small group or private sessions. These sessions include the use of computer-assisted technology and CD-ROM or audiotape kits for ongoing home speech practice.

Six week individual or group program
This program is recommended for those with mild to moderate accents with no additional language barriers. Individuals or small groups are seen for six ninety-minute sessions. Computer assisted technology is used along with CD-ROM and audiotape kits for home speech practice.

Can I completely eliminate my native accent?
Very few individuals can completely eliminate their native accent and speak a second language without any hint of their first language.

Will the accent reduction program address my errors in language usage?
The accent reduction program is primarily designed to help individuals improve their speech pronunciation so they can speak with 90-95 percent intelligibility.

How much should I practice to improve my accent?
Once or twice a day for 15-20 minutes. Practice on a regular weekly basis for at least six months.

Who would benefit from the Beaumont Accent Reduction Program?
Professionals and others who are required to use spoken English on a daily basis. We see primarily engineers, physicians, computer program specialists, and members of the clergy.

Did You Know?

  • The Detroit School District has 188,000 students. More than 2,700 are eligible for bilingual education. Spanish is the predominant non-English language in the Detroit School District.
  • Accents can be reduced significantly by choosing as few as three or four critical consonants and vowels to correct. Sometimes it is not the speech sound errors that create accent problems but the rate, intonation or syllable stress in speech.
  • 72 percent of the foreign born live in six states: New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Texas, Florida and Michigan. Michigan has an estimated 400,000 foreign-born residents.