In the December 2010 edition of the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research (JSLHR), an article regarding accented English was presented by Erin O’Brien Wilson and Tammie J. Spaulding of the University of Connecticut, Storrs. The purpose of this article was to present the research results related to how auditory comprehension was affected by the combination of a foreign accent and a noisy environment. Results indicated that the noise did not require more processing time for the listener, but the foreign-accented speech was harder to understand compared to the speech of standard American English speakers. The research concluded that foreign-accented speech requires more arduous processing on the part of the listener that negatively affects both auditory comprehension and processing efficiency. These results suggest the importance of formal accent reduction programs for individuals with a foreign accent. The methods utilized at Accent Pros in Naperville and Chicago, Illinois are evidenced based and data from all clients has shown a decrease in foreign accent by 50% or more in twelve sessions across approximately twelve weeks. A free Spanish accent reduction tutorial is also available from Accent Pros.
John Atchley, MA, CCC-SLP
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