Accent modification or accent reduction therapy supports the increase of intelligibility (ability to be understood) and confidence of those who have learned English as a second language. It includes focus on articulation of vowels and consonants, phrasal articulation, intonation, sentence structuring, and correcting mild morphological (grammar) errored patterns to improve communication with other English speakers at work, in the community, and in one’s personal life.
Accent modification is meant for those who already have a strong grasp of English vocabulary and grammar structure, who need support in improving communication and intelligibility at work and in the community. Based on the needs of the individual, therapy may include practice of conversational speech, specific speech sounds, interviews, presentations, etc. Word targets include the jargon specific to the individual’s career or community activities.