Accent Modification and Effective Communication

Intense Training for Successful Communication

Many professionals whose second language is English are interested in English pronunciation or accent modification training as they experience difficulties being understood in professional or social contexts. This is also true for some professionals whose first language is a variation of General Canadian English.

Many of these professionals who experience such difficulties often report one or more of the following:

  • They are frequently asked to repeat themselves
  • They see  ‘confused looks’ on the face of listeners
  • They are not always sure if others understand them
  • Other listeners may pretend to understand them, but in fact, do not
  • They are hesitant to fully express themselves in more informal social contexts
  • They cannot advance in their careers, as their speech is sometimes not easily understood

Accent modification (accent reduction) can significantly improve English pronunciation skills for better understandability, effective communication, and greater confidence.

Progressive Speech is a company based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada that provides intense in-person accent modification training to clients in Edmonton. Through video conferencing Progressive Speech provides training to clients in other parts of Canada and other countries.

The training involves 5 to 25 highly customized training sessions that range from 60 to 90 minutes, each.

Every training session targets unique features of a client’s accent and other characteristics that can sometimes interfere with understandability, when speaking English. The client’s distinct speech characteristics are determined by an in-depth, personalized assessment and analysis of a client’s accent.

The training program is specially designed with the client’s unique needs and circumstances in mind. The intense coaching of each session, along with regular home and real-life practice, provide the required support that clients need to achieve their personal goals for successful, effective, and confident communication.

All accent modification programs are intense and are offered in the mornings, afternoons, or evenings. Clients can choose from short, introductory accent modification programs to longer, more comprehensive programs.

If you are interested in taking accent modification training, please contact Progressive Speech at or 780.233.6125 to schedule a free phone or in-person consultation. A free consultation session is strongly recommended because it will allow you to make an informed and honest decision about whether intense training in English pronunciation can help you achieve your personal communication goals.

Robin Changarathil, director of Progressive Speech, is a Registered Speech-Language Pathologist with an expertise in Teaching English as a Second Language.

Learn more about Robin and his training programs by clicking on any of the menu items, above.