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Conquer Your Accent Challenges in Spoken English

Accent Holding You Back?

A native accent reflects what is unique and interesting about your cultural heritage. However, speakers of English as a second language who may have a strong mastery of written English often find that spoken English presents difficult challenges.

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Derra Huxley, M.A.

Derra Huxley is a California licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. She specializes in Accent Modification having been trained and certified to utilize the nationally acclaimed Compton P-ESL Program through the Institute of Language and Phonology.

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Goals of Accent Modification

Goals of Accent Modification

The most important goals of accent modification are speaking English with improved pronunciation and being clearly understood by others while retaining the charm of your native accent. Being more clearly understood can result in greater professional and personal advancement.

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Online Accent Reduction Training

Online Accent Reduction Training

In addition to in person appointments, also offers ONLINE Accent Reduction training. Derra is now able to work with individuals from anywhere in the world, wishing to reduce their native or regional accents and attain a Standard American accent.

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Achieve Success in English-Speaking Society

There are some simple ways to know whether your accent is standing between you and your success in an English-speaking society.

  • Are you often misunderstood?
  • Do people frequently ask you to repeat yourself?
  • Do you feel that people are focusing more on your accent than on what you are saying?
  • Do you fear that your accent is standing in the way of getting the job you want, or from being promoted at your present job?
  • Do you feel embarrassed and upset when people have difficulty understanding you?

Learn Clear Effective Speech

Many people study English for years and have no difficulty reading or writing in English but they have problems speaking because:

  • Their teachers spoke with a strong accent themselves
  • They didn’t have enough opportunities to practice speaking English
  • They never mastered the “tricky” aspects of English, where there are different ways to pronounce vowel sounds, and the letters in some words are silent
  • English has many “exceptions” to pronunciation rules, which can be confusing

Goals of Accent Modification

The most important goals of accent modification are speaking English with improved pronunciation and being clearly understood by others. While retaining the charm of your native accent, you will be able to:

  • Be more easily understood at work and at school
  • Enhance your social communication
  • Achieve greater professional advancement
  • Build self-confidence

Who Can Benefit?

  • Non-native English speakers
  • Native English speakers who wish to reduce a regional accent
  • Business professionals who wish to improve communication skills with colleagues, clients, on the phone, and in presentations
  • Physicians and medical staff seeking better communication with patients and colleagues
  • Individuals seeking career advancement and promotions
  • Professors and educators who want to communicate more effectively
  • Actors hoping to achieve more diverse roles