Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Accent Modification Training
What is an accent?
Everyone speaks with an accent. In today’s global village people are constantly moving from country to country. One thing that all people take with them is their accent. An accent is the way in which people in a particular area, country, or social group pronounce words. When you learn a new language your original speech pattern will influence your pronunciation.
Sometimes this accent can result in communication difficulties. People with a strong accent may be asked frequently to repeat themselves. This can be very frustrating! When someone’s accent causes communication difficulties they may choose to see an accent coach to help them improve their English pronunciation so they can deliver their message clearly, effectively and with confidence.
What is Accent Modification?
Accent modification is a method of changing speech patterns. The speech patterns that affect accent are:
- pronunciation of sounds (vowels and consonants)
- use of stress
- use of rhythm and intonation
You will be assisted by an accent coach who will identify the areas of your speech that require improvement.
What improvement can I expect?
At Accent On Speech we work on the most important areas first. We work to improve the errors in your speech that have the largest effect on your clarity. Our individualized approach and experience means that our clients are able to achieve results in the most cost and time effective way possible.
The rate of improvement differs from person to person. Your rate of improvement depends on many factors but the most important thing affecting your progress is how much you practice.
Individuals who attend recommended sessions and complete the recommended practice can expect a significant change in their speech. Research based specifically on the Compton P-ESL Accent Modification Method identifies a 50% improvement for clients who practice diligently.
How will I remember what I’m taught and what to practice in between lessons?
Practice is the most essential part in the process of changing your speech. To assist your practice you will be provided with the relevant written and on-line materials at every training session.
Is it too late to start changing my speech?
It is never too late to start changing your speech no matter how long you have lived in Australia. However it is true to say that the sooner you start the sooner we can affect change.
How much does it cost?
Prices will vary depending on whether you complete an individual or a group program. Please contact us for further details.
Where are you located?
Accent On Speech is a Brisbane-based company with a number of offices located around Brisbane.
For corporate clients we can come to your workplace to maximise time & efficiency. Regional and interstate enquiries welcomed.