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Neutralising Regional Pulls Speak better
What is an accent? <ul><li>An  accent  is the unique way that speech is pronounced by a group of people speaking the same ...
Types of accent <ul><li>Regional Accents— for example, people who are from Texas often sound different than people who are...
How do accents affect communication? <ul><li>Accents reflect the unique characteristics and background of a person. Many p...
This includes  <ul><li>People not understanding you  </li></ul><ul><li>Avoiding social interaction with those who may not ...
Accent Modification  is the field of improving communication skills of both native and non-native speakers in the areas of:
Ways <ul><li>1.  pronunciation   </li></ul><ul><li>2.  rhythm and timing   </li></ul><ul><li>3.  intonation   </li></ul><u...
Importance <ul><li>Helps companies   </li></ul><ul><li>retain employees by enhancing communication skills required for hig...
Neutralising sounds <ul><li>Sound pronunciation (consonants and vowels)  </li></ul><ul><li>Stress, rhythm, and intonation ...
Some Tongue Twisters <ul><li>1) Through thick and thin, Sheila and Seth see things through together. Sheila sees Seth as S...
<ul><li>3) Esau Wood sawed wood. All the wood Esau Wood saw, Esau Wood would saw. All the wood he saw, Esau sought to saw....
<ul><li>4) Victor believes Vivian is the most vivacious and wonderful woman in the world. Bill wishes Victor's views were ...
<ul><li>6) Tom's wife Tanya left town on Tuesday for two weeks in Thailand. Tom is left with two tiny kids to take care of...
Common techniques and goals <ul><li>Changing speech patterns  </li></ul><ul><li>Voice production  </li></ul><ul><li>Intona...
Goals include <ul><li>Changing regional accents to increase personal and professional opportunities  </li></ul><ul><li>Eng...
 
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  1. 1. Neutralising Regional Pulls Speak better
  2. 2. What is an accent? <ul><li>An accent is the unique way that speech is pronounced by a group of people speaking the same language. A person's accent depends on many factors; however, accents are usually grouped in the following way: </li></ul>
  3. 3. Types of accent <ul><li>Regional Accents— for example, people who are from Texas often sound different than people who are from New York. </li></ul><ul><li>Foreign Accents— for example, someone who was raised speaking English will sound different than someone who was raised speaking Spanish and learned English as an adult. </li></ul><ul><li>Accents are a natural part of spoken languages. It is important to realize that no accent is better than another. It should also be stressed that accents are NOT a speech or language disorder.  </li></ul>
  4. 4. How do accents affect communication? <ul><li>Accents reflect the unique characteristics and background of a person. Many people take great pride in their accents. However, some people may have difficulty communicating because of their accent. </li></ul>
  5. 5. This includes <ul><li>People not understanding you </li></ul><ul><li>Avoiding social interaction with those who may not understand you </li></ul><ul><li>Frustration from having to repeat yourself all the time </li></ul><ul><li>People focusing on your accent more than on what you are trying to say </li></ul><ul><li>These types of communication problems may have negative effects on job performance, educational advancement, and everyday life activities. It may also negatively affect your self-esteem if you are having trouble communicating because of an accent. For all of these reasons, some people want to modify or change their accent. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Accent Modification is the field of improving communication skills of both native and non-native speakers in the areas of:
  7. 7. Ways <ul><li>1.  pronunciation </li></ul><ul><li>2.  rhythm and timing </li></ul><ul><li>3.  intonation </li></ul><ul><li>4. syllable stress  and </li></ul><ul><li>5. melody of speech </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  8. 8. Importance <ul><li>Helps companies </li></ul><ul><li>retain employees by enhancing communication skills required for higher level positions  </li></ul><ul><li>reduce time wasted by poor communication skills </li></ul><ul><li>Helps individuals </li></ul><ul><li>speak more clearly and effectively </li></ul><ul><li>develop more confidence in their communication skills </li></ul>
  9. 9. Neutralising sounds <ul><li>Sound pronunciation (consonants and vowels) </li></ul><ul><li>Stress, rhythm, and intonation of speech </li></ul>
  10. 10. Some Tongue Twisters <ul><li>1) Through thick and thin, Sheila and Seth see things through together. Sheila sees Seth as Seth sees Sheila. Seth and Sheila are certain they will be together forever. </li></ul><ul><li>2)How much wood would a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck would chuck wood </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>3) Esau Wood sawed wood. All the wood Esau Wood saw, Esau Wood would saw. All the wood he saw, Esau sought to saw. One day Esau Wood's wood-saw would saw no wood. So Esau Wood sought a new wood-saw. The new wood-saw would saw wood. Oh, the wood Esau Wood would saw. Esau sought a saw that would saw wood as no other wood-saw would saw. And Esau found a saw that would saw as no other wood-saw would saw. And Esau Wood sawed wood. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>4) Victor believes Vivian is the most vivacious and wonderful woman in the world. Bill wishes Victor's views were valid. &quot;Vivian? That venomous viper?&quot; Victor vows he'll wed Vivian, even if he is just seventeen. Will Vivian ever know of Victor's wedding vision? Does she even know Victor's name? </li></ul><ul><li>5) She sells seashells by the seashore. The seashells she sells are seashore seashells. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>6) Tom's wife Tanya left town on Tuesday for two weeks in Thailand. Tom is left with two tiny kids to take care of. Tom only knows how to cook toast and tacos. Tonight he'll take tomatoes and put them atop toast. Tomorrow he'll get take-out food. The next day, he'll stuff meat and potatoes into taco shells and present a tasty treat to his two tiny tots. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Common techniques and goals <ul><li>Changing speech patterns </li></ul><ul><li>Voice production </li></ul><ul><li>Intonation and rhythm </li></ul><ul><li>Taking on a new North American &quot;Personality&quot; - I think is a great way to distance oneself from the more distasteful implications of accent reduction </li></ul>
  15. 15. Goals include <ul><li>Changing regional accents to increase personal and professional opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Engaging in extensive conversations, presentations, and telephone calls </li></ul><ul><li>Be more confident and effective, both socially and professionally - This must apply to English speakers living in North America! </li></ul><ul><li>Improved professional image of your company </li></ul><ul><li>Greater understanding from listeners </li></ul>
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