Accent Modification Center


Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between accent modification and accent reduction?

These terms tend to used interhangeably for most coaches. I prefer the term modification, as we modify pronunciation of vowels and consonants, rhythm. syllable stress and intonation. In general, it is communication enhancement!

What is required to participate in remote classes?

You need to have a webcam for classes so I can view how you are producing sounds and help you to modifify placement of articulators for improved production. I highly suggest a digital microphone for great clarity, as many computer camera mics leave a lot to be desired. Lastly, a good internet connection is important to avoid disconnections and smooth video.

What is the PRISM program?

The PRISM program is a CD which contains your workbook with audio. When you open the workbook, you click on the column or sentence to hear the model. You will then repeat the word or sentence utilizing the new productions you have learned with the instructor. The PRISM program contains lessons for vowel and consonant production, syllable stress patterns, rules for pronouncing words with suffixes, intonation patterns and some listening exercises.

What is the time committment for this accent modification program?

Training time for private clients is 1 1/2 hours weekly. Small group programs are 2 hours in length. In addition, I highly recommend practicing about 1 hour daily. Some of this practice should be with the workbook/CD, but some can, and should, be integrated into your daily activities. Suggestions on how to integrate practice will be based on how you conduct your day. Is most of your talk time in meetings, telephone, teleconference, or with family members?

What is the difference between a private and group program?

Both programs incorporate lessons that are specific to you based on your individual evaluation which is done prior to beginning classes. Each has some benefits. In a group program, you have more opportunity to improve your listening skills. I ask participants to help me judge accuracy of their classmates, which helps them to more accurately judge their own productions. The camaraderie of a group program also adds to the fun! The private program allows for more flexibility. Can't make class? You can reschedule. Need to focus on a presentation or interview? We can do that. Some clients enroll in a group program, and after continuing to practice to solidfy the speech changes, come back for occasional private sessions to add additional skills.

How do I enroll in a program?

It is best to contact me difectly before deciding to enroll in a program. This gives you an opportunity to ask specific questions. To make sure you get the most out of your program, I want to make sure that you are appropriate for whichever type program you are interested in. You must be able to speak English well enough to communicate effectively and understand directions given in class. Grammar errors are ok. Those with accents that are very difficult to understand or with lighter accents will do better with private classes. Lighter accents can enroll for fewer classes. Those who travel and may miss classes should enroll in a private program. Once you have decided, an invoice will be sent. We prefer checks, but credit cards can be accepted through Paypal or Square One.

What if my employer is covering my program expenses?

We can invoice employers directly. If your company or government agency provides training funds, we suggest you discuss your desire to take this program and learn if they will cover some or all of your expenses. I am happy to speak with HR or managers to answer any questions they may have. When requesting funds, it is wise to outline how this program will help you perform your dutues. Some examples include: You believe you are denied promotions due to difficulty communicating effectively. You frequently speak with clients/customers outside your work group. You are frequently repeating yourself on the phone or in meetings to be understood. You believe co-workers or customers avoid working or communicating with you due to increased time and effort.