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Accent Improvement


Goal

Gain increased accuracy and confidence in your ability to speak English clearly and accurately through extensive practice in the individual sounds, syllable stress, and rhythm of American English.


Objectives

  • Pronounce American vowel and consonant sounds accurately
  • Sharpen the ability to hear and reproduce accurate stress patterns
  • Produce more native-like rhythm patterns
  • Increase breath and vowel length to slow the rate of speech and make the message clearer
  • Use intonation to emphasize ideas and make clear distinctions between statements and questions
  • Increase confidence in speaking American English
  • Acquire techniques for self-correction and on-going improvement

 

Methodology

Pre- and post-assessment with follow up; group, paired, and individual exercises; daily practice with Accent Improvement audio-based materials

 

Enrollment

4 -12 participants

 

Scheduling

24 hours of group instruction delivered in a 12-week, 10-week, or 8-week format

Materials

LinguaTec Accent Improvement training manual and audio material

 

Training Topics

General

  • Identify individual pronunciation errors with a pre-assessment
  • Develop the ability to discriminate sounds
  • Speak more clearly with more accurate sound production
  • Correctly pronounce high frequency words in the work environment
  • Develop techniques for self monitoring and correction

Rhythm and Linking

  • Practice the rhythm of American English to emphasize important words
  • Apply rules for linking words to create smoother-sounding statements and questions

Intonation and Stress

  • Stress the correct syllables of words to make them easily understandable
  • Change intonation to communicate different messages and attitudes
  • Show the relationships between ideas more effectively by using intonation

Reduction

  • Learn how vowels and consonants are reduced in informal speech
  • Improve listening comprehension of reduced speech

 

 

 

 

What Others Say

"I enjoyed being in a small group of people because we were more in touch with the trainer and could work frequently with her one-on-one."
E.L., hp