An accent is the unique way that speech is pronounced by a group of people speaking the same language. Accents are a natural part of spoken languages. It is important to realize that no accent is better than another. It should also be stressed that accents are NOT a speech or language disorder. Some people may have difficulty communicating because of their accent. These difficulties include the following:

  • People not understanding you
  • Avoiding social interaction with those who may not understand  you
  • Frustration from having to repeat yourself all the time
  • People focusing on your accent more than on what you are trying to say

These types of communication problems may have negative effects on job performance, educational advancement, and everyday life activities. It may also negatively affect your self-esteem if you are having trouble communicating because of an accent.

  • Does your accent cause you frustration?
  • Do you  feel less confident when speaking to people?
  • Would modifying your accent make a difference with job performance or opportunity?

If yes then call our Compton P – ESL certified therapist now!

What Is Involved?

The first step is an initial interview and tape recording of your speech by a Speech Language Therapist who will analyze how your speech and pronunciation varies from standard NZ English.

Developing A Customized Learning Program

A customized individual learning program will be developed for you based on the analysis of your speech. Instruction will be based on the Compton P-ESL Accent Modification Program, developed from 20 years of research aimed specifically at helping non-native English speakers to improve their accents.

The customized program designed for you will address voice projection, grammar, and intonation issues, as well as pronunciation.

Clients are expected to attend all sessions and practice diligently (approximately 1 hour per day). Clients who do this can expect to achieve clear, understandable speech, and at least a 50% improvement in reducing their accent.