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What is involved in accent modification?

Accent modification aims to facilitate correct production of English sounds, as well as stress, rhythm and intonation patterns. The ultimate goal is not to eliminate a person’s natural accent but to increase success and confidence in speaking English.

A comprehensive speech assessment is required to determine whether an individual is likely to benefit from accent modification training. A qualified speech-language pathologist will evaluate both the perception and production of speech sounds (consonants and vowels) as well as stress, rhythm, and intonation patterns. Individualized training goals are then developed, based on the results of this assessment as well as the client’s specific communication needs. 

Training sessions may be conducted on an individual basis or in small groups (up to four individuals). A minimum of twelve weekly training sessions is typically recommended in order for the client to benefit from the program. The number of sessions may be adjusted based on client needs and availability. Regular home practice (approximately one hour per day) is advised to achieve optimal success.

Who provides services at the Dalhousie Accent Modification Clinic?

Accent modification services are provided by certified speech-language pathologists who have education and experience in clinical phonetics, speech sound perception and production, and speech correction. The Dalhousie Accent Modification Clinic is part of Dalhousie University’s School of Human Communication Disorders, which offers a Masters degree program in speech-language pathology and is a centre for speech and language research.

Where are the services provided?

Assessment and program sessions are typically provided at the School of Human Communication Disorders, 1256 Barrington Street - 6th Floor.

What is the cost of the program?

Assessment. For individual clients, the cost of the initial assessment (approximately 1 1/2 hours) is $180. For group clients who are students of Dalhousie University, the cost of the assessment is included in the total semester fees (see below).

Training sessions. Individual sessions
are provided at the rate of $120 for a one-hour session. Group sessions are currently offered at a discounted rate to Dalhousie University students for $160 for the entire semester , which includes a pre-assessment, a post-assessment, and 10 group sessions of 2 hours each. There are a limited number of seats available at the discounted rate.

Many health care plans such as Medavie Blue Cross and those provided by the Dalhousie Student Union will provide a limited amount of coverage for individual speech therapy services (details can be provided by the clients' health care service provider).

If you are interested in having an assessment please complete the application form:

Email or fax the completed form to Mark Monk at the School of Human Communication Disorders: email: mark.monk@dal.ca, fax: 902-494-5151

Please call 902-494-7052 if you have questions or would like more information about the program.