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Accent Modification and Professional Speaking

For some non-native English speakers, communication difficulties are experienced when verbally expressing themselves. These difficulties may include, but are not limited to, formulating messages when speaking English and not being understood by conversation partners. Consequently, our center offers accent modification services to assist individuals when these difficulties exist. Working professionals as well as undergraduate and graduate students who are non-native English speakers can optimize their English-speaking skills for academic, social, and business purposes. Individual sessions are tailored to the communication needs of each client using goal-driven activities. Sessions can include refining spoken English skills for interviews, meetings, presentations, and teleconferences to improve communication and meet the performance standards required in today’s academic and professional settings.

Dialect Modification

Dialect modification services are also offered for individuals who are native American English speakers and speak with a regional dialect other than General American English.

Professional Speaking

Individuals wishing to strengthen professional speaking abilities can benefit from customized services that address breath control, rate of speech and voice production strategy. Private sessions include opportunities to practice everyday workplace situations including presentations, teleconferences and meetings.

Services may benefit:

  • Business professionals with domestic and international contacts and projects
  • International students and faculty
  • Allied health and medical practitioners
  • Clergy and other leaders within diverse communities
  • Human resources, customer service, and telecommunications professional

Services include:

  • Phone consultation to discuss each client’s communication needs
  • Assessment of needs and goals  
  • Individual sessions available on the Evanston campus

The Northwestern University Center for Audiology, Speech, Language, and Learning provides comprehensive evaluation and therapy services on the Evanston campus. Diagnostic evaluations determine the course of treatment, including frequency and appropriateness of individual and/or group therapy.

The Northwestern University Center for Audiology, Speech, Language, and Learning is a unique community resource that merges university research and innovative teaching with clinical services. Experts in the field – faculty who are nationally certified and state licensed speech-language pathologists – direct provision of clinical services, bringing exceptional knowledge and experience to our clients.

For more information, contact us at 847-491-3165 or