The Self-Guided Study is the perfect choice for those individuals who prefer to improve their accent independently. ALTA will provide these clients with the Initial (and Final) Assessment, a study guide that lays out a plan of action to reach their goals, and numerous online resources to keep them on track and ensure their success. Course materials are developed and packaged for independent study within a given timeframe.
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 say correctly when speaking.
The accent reduction study guide manual is intended to provide the client with the background needed to complete the program and improve his/her accent studying by himself/herself.
An important part of changing an accent is to practice after every self-guided session. Included with this program, the client will receive a Username and a Password to access our online resources. The accent reduction online homework is available for three 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 taken at any time by calling ALTA’s automated test recording line.
Fees for this program are $199.00. To enroll please contact a sales representative via email or via the quote form on this page.