ACCENT MODIFICATION

Every language includes a unique set of speech sounds. Some languages include speech sounds and rhythm patterns that are not used in others. When we learn a new language, we retain markers of the speech sounds and rhythm patterns of our first languages. These markers are referred to as your "accent."

 

While accents can be wonderful for showcasing where you're from, they can sometimes create communication barriers in personal and professional situations; native speakers may find you difficult to communicate with and frequently misunderstand what you are saying.

 

Similarly, different regions within a country have different ways of speaking the same language. Pronunciation, word choice, and inflection, all carry signs of what part of the country you're from.

 

In the United States, the dialect used in broadcasting the national news is considered "neutral" and has become a standard for clear and professional speech.

 

GRIFFINSPEECH℠ can teach you key aspects of standard American English. 

 

"Don't let the way you speak distract others from what you have to say!"

 

ABOUT OUR SERVICES

GRIFFINSPEECH℠ offers accent modification services for both foreign accents and U.S. regional accents. Whether your accent comes from your first language or from your American city, we can help you acquire a more standard American dialect, making it easier for others to understand you in both professional and personal situations.

We use a combination of the Compton Pronouncing English as a Second Language (P-ESL) program by Dr. Arthur J. Compton and the Rules for Understanding Linguistic Elements of Speech (RULES) program, by Speech-Language Pathologists Marjorie Feinstein-Whittaker and Lynda Katz Wilner.  Doctors and other healthcare professionals are trained using the Medically Speaking RULES practice program from the same authors as the RULES program. While we use these resources as a starting point, each program is continuously tailored to the personal interests and professional needs of the client. Our accent modification programs begin where conventional English as a Second Language (ESL) courses end.

Our innovative, comprehensive, cutting-edge approach to accent modification is designed for intermediate to advanced clients. We take training to the next level for academic/professional excellence and career advancement. All courses are completely customized to your specific accent 'habit' patterns and pronunciation proficiency level.

 

GRIFFINSPEECH℠ will provides all clients with a personalized assessment before and after your treatment program, customized speech training sessions, word lists incorporating words and phrases that are relevant to your career or interests, as well as access to online training modules with targets selected specifically for you!

 

You can speak and understand American English better than you ever have before!

 

OUR ACCENT COACHING PACKAGES

 

Installment plans are available for all packages.  Ask us about group discount sign-up incentives! 

This package is perfect for clients that have a regional U.S. accent.
Includes:  
  • Initial assessment and report

  • 8 weekly individualized sessions with your speech coach

  • E-mail support in between sessions

  • Client-resource portal with videos and files (lifetime access)

  • Auditory Reference Journal

  • RULES: Rules for Using Linguistic Elements of Speech (practice program)

  • Post-training assessment and report 

OPTIONAL ADD-ON:

  • Online training module 

The EAGLE - 8 Week Program for an Individual with a Regional U.S. Accent
The PRIDE - 13 Week Program for Groups of Speakers with Foreign Accents
 
 
This package is designed for groups of clients with notable foreign accents (not necessarily from same language background). 
Includes:
  • Initial assessment and report

  • 13 weekly individualized sessions with your speech coach

  • E-mail support in between sessions

  • Client-resource portal (lifetime access)

  • Auditory Reference Journal

  • RULES: Rules for Using Linguistic Elements of Speech (practice program)

  • Post-training assessment and report

 

OPTIONAL ADD-ON:

  • Online training module

The LION - 13 Week Program for an Individual with a Foreign Accent
This package is designed for a client with a notable foreign accent.  
Includes:
  • Initial assessment and report

  • 13 weekly individualized sessions with your speech coach

  • E-mail support in between sessions

  • Client-resource portal (lifetime access)

  • Auditory Reference Journal

    RULES: Rules for Using Linguistic Elements of Speech (practice program)

    Post-training assessment and report

OPTIONAL ADD-ON:

  • Online training module

 
This package is designed for a healthcare provider with a notable foreign accent.  The training includes both pronunciation and the rules that give English its melody. You will learn how stress, prosody, and intonation can change your patients' and your staffs' understanding of your recommendations. 
Includes:
  • Initial assessment and report

  • 13 weekly individualized sessions with your speech coach

  • E-mail support in between sessions

  • Client-resource portal (lifetime access)

  • Auditory Reference Journal

  • Medically Speaking RULES (practice program)

  • Post-training assessment and report

OPTIONAL ADD-ON:

  • Online training module 

The GRIFFIN - 13 Week Program for Doctors and other Healthcare Providers
The ORIGIN - Initial Assessment of Accent Features and Accent Level
 

Have your speech evaluated by our Accent Modification Specialist. Following your evaluation, you will receive a detailed report of which sounds are giving you an accent when you speak English and recommendations on which program would be right for you.

 

If you decide to enroll in The LION, The PRIDE, The GRIFFIN, or The EAGLE coaching package, the cost of this assessment will be deducted from your package.  

 

 

CONTACT US

To learn more about our services or to inquire about corporate trainings and workshop options, please contact us.

 

Autumn Bryant, M.A., CCC-SLP/L

E-mail: autumn@griffinspeech.com

Location: 715 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL USA

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