Accent Reduction

The Accent Reduction Program at Beaumont is designed to help foreign-born speakers improve their English speaking skills.

Also, for those with a regional accent pattern (i.e. Eastern or Southern) our programs also can teach speech sounds and melodic patterns common to general American dialect. 

Because your native speech pattern strongly influences your ability to pronounce English sounds accurately, it is very difficult to make changes on your own. This is because you hear and compare the English sounds with the sound system of your first language. This program is designed to correct this situation.

Will the accent reduction program address my errors in language usage?

The accent reduction program is primarily designed to help individuals improve their speech pronunciation so they can speak with 90 - 95 percent intelligibility.

How much should I practice to improve my accent?

Practice once or twice a day for 15 - 20 minutes on a regular weekly basis for at least six months. 

Who would benefit from the Accent Reduction Program?

Professionals and others who are required to use spoken English on a daily basis. We see primarily engineers, physicians, computer program specialists, and members of the clergy.

Did You Know?

  • The Detroit School District has 188,000 students. More than 2,700 are eligible for bilingual education. Spanish is the predominant non-English language in the Detroit School District.
  • Accents can be reduced significantly by choosing as few as three or four critical consonants and vowels to correct. Sometimes it is not the speech sound errors that create accent problems but the rate, intonation or syllable stress in speech.
  • 72 percent of the foreign born live in six states: New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Texas, Florida and Michigan. Michigan has an estimated 400,000 foreign-born residents.