Accent Reduction Program

In today's global marketplace, the workforce is becoming more diversified. The ability to communicate effectively is critical. Beaumont's Accent Reduction Program can help improve English-speaking skills through modifying speech habits, including pronunciation, rhythm and intonation.

Service Overview

The Beaumont Accent Reduction program provides both individual and group sessions. Short-term and long-term, more intensive programs are available. Each program is customized to the individual's professional work environment (i.e., medical, business executive, computer programmer, clergy). Participants are provided with a computer CDROM program with printed manual to develop ongoing self-practice. Speech patterns are reviewed through speech sampling, tape recording and pronunciation assessment, sometimes with the assistance of computer voice-pattern recognition devices. This analysis helps create a specialized course of pronunciation, vocabulary, speech stress and intonation tasks.

Insurance

Insurance typically does not cover this non-medically related service. Corporate employee-assistance programs or Michigan Rehabilitation Services may provide support when accent improvement promotes employment security and vocational advancement. Many companies provide financial assistance for their employees to attend this program.

Benefits

  • Replaces the native speechaccented habits with new patterns that can be used automatically in everyday speech
  • Individual or small group programs available
  • A CD-ROM is available to establish a self-help routine provided by ARP

Who Can Benefit

  • Foreign-born physicians, engineers and computer specialists are typical clients of the Accent Reduction Program (ARP)
  • The goal of the ARP is not to erase the accent, but rather to improve the speaker's intelligibility at work and in the community