WHAT IS AN ACCENT?
- An accent is the unique way that speech is pronounced by a group of people speaking the same language.
- Accents are a natural part of spoken language and reflects distinct characteristics and background of a person
- Accents are not a disorder! However, some individuals with accents have difficulty communicating with others
- People not understanding
- Avoiding social interaction
- Frustration from having to repeat yourself
- People focusing on your accent
ACCENT MODIFICATION TRAINING
- Accent modification focuses on learning how to reduce the influence of your native language in order to sound more like a native English speaker
- Changing the way one speaks is a difficult task, as speaking style is a well-engrained motor habit (Ojakangas, 2013).
- Accent modification takes 3-4 months with optimal motivation and effort.
- Innate ability + motivation + intensity of practice + amount of socialization with native speakers contribute to changes in accent
Rose Costanzo MA CF-SLP, TSSLD