Whether you come from a region of the U.S., or another part of the world, different dialects can make it difficult for people to clearly express themselves. Duke’s 13-week accent modification program aims to change that. Its clients include graduate students, medical professionals, and business professionals throughout the Triangle.
The program teaches people to speak in a style that is closer to standard American English so that people can communicate more effectively, explained Meredith Nye, CCC-SLP, a speech pathologist with the program.
As speech pathologists, Nye and her colleagues are trained in sound production. “We work on all aspects of speech such as intonation, rhythm, and rate of speech, which impact how well someone is understood. If you talk too quickly or your speech is flat or monotone, it can be hard for people to understand you.” That’s especially true for people from another country, who may not have learned those speaking techniques in their English language classes.