WHY WOULD YOU MODIFY AN ACCENT?
An accent is the result of sounds and patterns of pronunciation of a primary language transferred to a second language, which is often learned in adulthood. Although accents are natural, and not seen as a speech or language disorder, many people choose to participate in accent modification programs to reduce or alter their accent. This is often the case when accents lead to misunderstanding, reduced intelligibility for the listener and/or frustration by the speaker. Persons with strong accents have claimed negative effects on job performance, education and everyday activities. With clearer communication in mind, Accent Modification is designed to help people with foreign accents improve their pronunciation of Standard American English (SAE) for improving their communication.
ASSESSMENT AND PROGRAM PLAN
Assessment of a person’s accent is conducted through speech sample recordings and analysis. The speech-language pathologist (SLP) works with the client to develop an individualized program that is research-based and proven to be effective. Training sessions may concentrate on auditory discrimination, word and sentence practice, as well as generalization to everyday conversation. The SLP will work with the client in personalized sessions, depending on the number of speech sounds that need training and client progress. The length of training is based on the needs of the individual. All participants in the program should be motivated to improve their communication skills and be prepared for both in session and home practice.
LINKS FOR MORE INFORMATION:
American Speech and Hearing Association: www.asha.org