What Exactly Is Accent Reduction?

Since the announcement that Worldwide Speech has started offering online accent reduction, several people have asked, what accent reduction is and who benefits from it.

On its website, the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) describes accent reduction (or accent modification) as a process, guided by a certified speech-pathologist, that helps individuals to change their accent. While accents are a normal part of speech and not a language disorder, “some people may have difficulty communicating because of their accent. These difficulties include: people not understanding you, avoiding social interaction with those who may not understand you, frustration from having to repeat yourself all the time, and people focusing on your accent more than on what you are trying to say.”

Because these problems can negatively affect your professional, academic, and social life, some people may want to seek the help of a speech-language pathologist to change their accent. This service is commonly sought by “non-native English speakers, speakers who want to reduce a regional accent, business and medical professionals who want to improve their communication skills because of a foreign or regional accent, and actors who need to reduce their existing accent or learn a new one for a role or performance.”

Worldwide Speech’s online accent reduction services not only provide you with the expertise of a native-English speaking, fully qualified and licensed speech-pathologist; we also offer great flexibility, allowing you to benefit from our services no matter where you are and without requiring you to visit an office or clinic. All you need to participate in our programs is a computer, high-speed internet connection, and webcam.

If you would like more information on Worldwide Speech’s online accent reduction services, or would like to schedule a trial session, please visit our website, www.worldwidespeech.com. If you would like more information from ASHA’s description of accent reduction, visit their website at http://www.asha.org/public/speech/development/Accent-Modification/.