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An Introduction to Accent Modification:

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Improving Communication Skills in Individuals Using Non-Native English and US Regional Dialects




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Presenter: Leigh Ann Spell, Ph.D., CCC-SLP.

Date: Monday, July 27, 2020

: 5:30pm

Conference: 5:45pm - 9:00pm

Member: $60.00

Student Member: $25.00

Non-Member Professional: $85.00

This program is offered for .3 ASHA CEUs Intermediate Level: Professional Area



Leigh Ann Spell, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, will be receiving an honorarium from LISHA for her presentation.


Leigh Ann Speell, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, has no non-financial relationships to report. 


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Workshop Coordinator

Francine S. Pickus, M.S., CCC-SLP
Director of Speech-Language Pathology


Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are receiving more and more requests to provide accent/dialect modification services to individuals who speak English as a second language or use a non-standard American accent/dialect. This course will introduce SLPs to the area of accent modification. Topics discussed will include the sometimes-confusing terminology used, the different professionals who currently provide accent modification services, the typical clients who seek out these services and why they want to change their accents/dialects. We will also review research that has examined the efficacy of accent modification from different perspectives. The majority of the session will provide specific strategies and resources related to providing services to non-native English speakers and those who use US regional dialects in regard to assessment and instruction for more effective communication skills. 


Dr. Leigh Ann Spell has worked as a speech-language pathologist and professor for over 30 years. She is currently the Associate Director of the Aphasia Lab at the University of South Carolina (UofSC) and has a part-time private practice called Accent Connections, LLC. Her background includes teaching in the Sookmyung International Summer Program in Seoul, South Korea and serving as President of the Columbia Council for Internationals (CCFI) which works closely with UofSC international students as well as with professional, international visitors to South Carolina.

**LISHA speaker selection does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or procedures. We reserve the right to substitute speakers due to circumstances beyond our control**

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  1. Define terminology associated with accent modification and what influences accent/dialect.

  2. Explain who can provide accent modification services, where they typically provide services, to whom they provide services and why.

  3. Describe assessment strategies for evaluating the speech and language of non-native English speakers and speakers of different US Regional Dialects.

  4. Describe evidence-based, instructional strategies to improve communication skills in individuals using non-native English and US regional dialects.


5:30-5:45            Registration

5:45-6:00            Overview of Accent/Dialect Modification

6:00-6:15            The Who, What, Where and Why of Accent/Dialect Modification – Does It Work?

6:15-7:15            Assessing Speech and Language in Individuals Using Non-Native English and US Regional Dialects

7:15-7:30            Break

7:30-8:30            Instructional Strategies for Accent/Dialect Modification in Individuals Using Non-Native English and US Regional Dialects

8:30-8:45            Review of Resources for Providing Accent/Dialect Modification Services

8:45-9:00            Questions and Answers


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Cancellations are refundable if received 72 business hours prior to the event.  Please note: Registrants will receive a certificate of completion when the course has been successfully completed.


PowerPoint/Handout Presentations will be emailed to confirmed attendees, 72 hours prior to the workshop. 

July 27th, 2020 5:30 PM   through   9:00 PM
Zoom Webinar
United States
Event Fee(s)
Non Member Professional Fee $ 85.00

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