Hi and welcome to my accent modification, accent reduction, and American English pronunciation blog! It’s my plan to post occasionally (once a week? once every two weeks?) on a variety of topics. These will include:
Internet and Web-Based Accent Modification Resources
Interesting resources that I find on the web that will help to improve your spoken American English skills. These are apps, videos, and other resources that students have found very useful to improve their American English pronunciation, intonation, rate of speech, speech volume, and language skills.
Accent Modification Training and Resources in the Portland, Oregon area
Information about upcoming classes and events to improve your spoken English skills in the Portland, Oregon area (including Beaverton and Hillsboro, too). These will include my Meetup.com Accent Modification events and Professional Communication Skills events, Portland Community College accent modification classes (mostly in Beaverton and Hillsboro, Oregon), “Small Intensive Accent Modification Classes,” and other talks or workshops I’m leading in the community.
Latest Research and Information on American English Pronunciation and Accents
Additionally, I’d like to share links to the latest news about the fields of accent modification, accent reduction, American English pronunciation, American English speech, and intonation and melody (of course, American English 🙂
Stories from American Accent Training Experience
Lastly, I’d like to share stories and experiences from working directly every day with my students. What are some of the tricks that I’ve picked up along the way that really help improve your pronunciation? What sounds and melody patterns, given your first language, do you expect to be having difficulty with?
I hope you’ll find the content valuable, engaging, and at times amusing! Thanks and as always, please let me know if you have any questions!
Darren J. Packard M.S., CCC/SLP
Owner and Director
Accent Modification Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Pronunciation-Portland-Accent-Reduction-Group
Professional Communication Skills Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Communication-Skills-for-Non-Native-English-Professionals/
YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/SoundsAmerican