- Do you miss out on career advancement opportunities because of your accent?
- Do people often ask you to repeat yourself?
- Do you avoid speaking in English because you are afraid to make mistakes?
- Do you struggle to communicate at parties or social events?
Regardless of your native language, an accent can make it harder for others to understand you and cause frustration. An accent modification program can reduce communication breakdowns, enhancing both your clarity and confidence.
Improved Communication with Colleagues, Business Associates and Customers
Every cultural group has its own melodic pattern (pitch, stress pattern, tone) and linguistic features (grammar, speech sound repertoire) for speaking. When you learn a second language like English, it is normal to speak it in the style of your native language, which is what creates an accent.
If English is not your first language, you may carry with you the speech sounds, inflections, and even rhythm of your native language. Even if you understand English, an accent may prevent others from easily understanding you. To make it easier for others, a speech-language pathologist who specializes in accent modification can assess your current speech and will collaboratively design an accent modification program to help you become a more effective communicator.
Increased Job Opportunities and Promotions
Today’s job market is more competitive than ever! The more effective you are at communicating, the more likely you are to get hired or be chosen for a promotion. You’ve worked hard to develop your professional skills for the position you really want—don’t let your accent get in your way!
Fewer Errors Due to Miscommunication
Frequently being asked to repeat what you’ve just said can be frustrating and can get in the way of you being able to express your needs, thoughts and ideas. These communication breakdowns are common and when you don’t know how to fix them, you end up repeating yourself over and over in the same way. With the help of a trained speech-language pathologist, we target the exact areas that need improvement and work with you so you can have the tools to repair the breakdown.
Enhanced Self-Confidence and Self-Image
Being concerned that others won’t understand what you say can make you reluctant to speak up, even if what you have to say is important. As you progress in the program, you will realize that others are noticing the change, too. As your ability to communicate more effectively increases, so will your self-confidence!
Expanded Social Opportunities
A social situation with co-workers or friends can be daunting when you are worried about being understood. An accent can keep you on the sidelines when others are engaging in small talk or describing the funny events of the weekend. With your increased clarity and confidence, you will be able to better enjoy interacting with your peers.