Accent Reduction Private Instruction
Our Accent Reduction Private Instruction is delivered both live online and at our center in Atlanta, GA. The live online classes are delivered via WebEx with live video, audio, document sharing, and the possibility to record your class. You can connect to your trainer from your office computer, your home computer, your laptop, as well as most mobile devices. This program includes:
- Initial Assessment.
- Ten 1-Hour Sessions with an ALTA-Certified Accent Reduction Trainer scheduled via WebEx.
- Six months of access to our online resources.
- Follow-up Assessment.
The Initial Assessment is designed for the candidate to read aloud several sentences, read a brief passage and provide a short, conversational speech sample requiring the candidate to say the full range of American English sounds and to use appropriate American intonation and standard speech speed. We will record all of the components of the test. Following the recording session, we will analyze the speech to identify the candidate’s specific problems. Within two to three business days we will have the initial assessment completed and sent to the client. The assessment will provide the client with a detailed report regarding the existence and, if so, the severity of his/her problems for each of the 88 English-American sounds/phonemes, an evaluation of his/her intonation, his/her speech speed as well as a final score which indicates the percentage of the American English sounds/phonemes the client says correctly when speaking.
Ten One-Hour Sessions
The ten one-hour sessions with an ALTA certified Trainer are scheduled at your convenience via WebEx. All sessions are flexible: our clients have the convenience of scheduling their sessions whenever it is convenient for them between the hours of 8:00AM ET and 8:00PM ET, Monday through Friday. Sessions on the weekends may also be available upon request.
Clients are also allowed to cancel a session already scheduled without penalty, if they you notify our office by 4:00PM ET on the previous business day of the scheduled session.
Six Months Access to Online Resources
An important part of changing an accent is to practice after every session. Included with this program, the client will receive a Username and a Password to access our online resources. The online homework is available for six months.
At the end of the program, we will send the client an email with the instructions to complete another assessment. This Follow-up assessment helps the client to see his/her progress and serves as a guide for continuing work.
Upon enrollment, all the materials will be sent to the client, including the Initial Assessment reading test, which can be done at any time by calling ALTA’s automated test recording line. The first session can be scheduled in 5 to 8 business days, or even sooner if there is a need for an immediate start.