Accent Modification


  • 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 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


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