Ordering Coffee, Conducting a Business Meeting and Lecturing? Find out what they have in common...
What Do Ordering a Cup of Coffee, Confidently Conducting a Business Meeting, and Lecturing to College Students Have in Common?
They Can All Be Made Easier with Accent Reduction Services
What is the difference between accent reduction and accent modification?
Accent reduction and accent modification are synonymous terms. They mean the same thing, and you can use them interchangeably. However, accent reduction or accent modification do not mean that you will reduce your accent. You won’t lose your accent. Instead, you will be able to add an American English accent, which adds a valuable skill to your toolbox as a speaker and as an individual and employee. This means that you will be able to code switch, or effectively utilize your new American English accent in situations when you feel it will be most beneficial: at work, over the phone, ordering at a restaurant, or all the time if you so choose. You’ll also be able to utilize your original accent in situations when you feel it will be most comfortable, enjoyable, or beneficial to you: with family, friends, etc.
What does accent reduction training, or accent modification training, help me, my family member, or my friend with?
Accent reduction training, or accent modification training can help you or someone you know who has an accent reduce frustration and communicate more clearly and effectively. It can help you become more confident when communicating. It can improve overall quality of life. It can help you progress and “climb the ladder” at work, as unfortunately sometimes ineffective communication can be a barrier.
Accent reduction training can help you joyfully converse without worrying about if an accent is detracting from the message being communicated. Accent reduction training can help you easily order a cup of coffee without needing to repeat your order and experience less frustration when communicating over the phone. Accent reduction training can also help you feel more confident conducting a business meeting, lecturing to students, speaking to customers, or communicating with patients.
How well will I be able to learn and use my new American English accent?
The ability to “reduce your accent” (which remember, as discussed above technically is not what will occur as you will be learning a new accent) depends on your motivation and ability to practice. As with any new skill, the more you practice = the more you improve.
Who provides accent reduction training?
A number of individuals provide accent reduction training, also known as accent modification training. English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers, linguists, speech-language pathologists (SLPs) or speech therapists all provide accent reduction services. Accent reduction training is also provided by indirect sources such as books, DVDs, and YouTube videos.
For some, books, DVDs and YouTube videos are helpful. These resources are fantastic because they are free or low-cost. For others, direct and individualized instruction that involves a tailored and specific program are necessary. This individualized instruction typically costs a bit more but can allow you to speed up results because the program is (or should be) tailored to you. *However, to attain any worthwhile results you need to practice. Similar to how going to piano lessons each week without practicing won’t allow you to sound like Beethoven or Chopin, going to accent reduction training without practicing won’t allow you to gain much ground on your American English accent.
So, I know myself or my friend or my family member is in need of accent reduction services. Where do I go from here?
1) Decide which type of services would be best
a. Have a lot of time? Books, DVDs and YouTube are great
b. Don’t have a lot of time? It’s best to seek out individualized instruction
2) If you decide on individualized instruction, decide what type of instruction would be best for you
a. Telepractice (sessions delivered over a web server)
b. In-person sessions
Do you need help on your path toward accent reduction? Have you been struggling trying to learn from YouTube videos? Has it been taking forever to learn via books and blogs?
We're here to help. Brave Speech and Voice Therapy, LLC delivers high quality, effective accent reduction training services via telepractice and via in-person sessions (either in the home or at the office if a private room is available at the workplace); Brave can help you. Brave’s ASHA-certified and state of IL licensed speech-language pathologist is certified in the Compton P-ESL (Pronouncing English as a Second Language) method and utilizes this method combined with her years of experience as a speech-language pathologist to help you achieve the results you are searching for.