Accent Reduction

Accent Reduction Evaluation

Everyone speaks with an accent. You may speak English with an accent from a different region in the United States. You may speak English with an accent because English is not your first language. You may speak French with an English accent. In our world today, people move from state to state and from country to country. One thing that we take with us no matter where we move is our accent.


How do accents affect communication?

Accents reflect the unique characteristics and background of a person. Many people take great pride in their accents. However, some people may have difficulty communicating because of their accent. These difficulties include the following:

  • People not understanding you

  • Avoiding social interaction with those who may not understand you

  • Frustration from having to repeat yourself all the time

  • People focusing on your accent more than on what you are trying to say

These types of communication problems may have negative effects on job performance, educational advancement, and everyday life activities. It may also negatively affect your self-esteem if you are having trouble communicating because of an accent. For all of these reasons, some people want to modify or change their accent

Can I change my accent?

Yes, with lots of hard work, practice, and the help of a qualified speech-language pathologist (SLP), you can learn how to change your speech pronunciation. Changing your accent is also known as "accent modification" or "accent reduction." People who receive these types of services include the following:


  • Non-native English speakers

  • Speakers who want to reduce a regional accent

  • Business/medical professionals who want to improve their communication skills

  • Actors who need to learn a new accent for a role or performance


We will evaluate:

  • Sound pronunciation (consonants and vowels)

  • Stress, rhythm, and intonation of speech

You will be asked to read words, sentences, and paragraphs. The SLP will also listen to your speech in conversation.


(ASHA, 2016)

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