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Accent Reduction: An Introduction


Are you a faculty member, instructor or graduate student teaching at USC? Would accent reduction help you communicate more effectively with your students and colleagues? This two hour session is designed to assist non-native speakers of English in accent reduction. The session includes a brief overview of the elements of pronunciation, including difficult sounds, stress, rhythm, and intonation. Specific practice techniques for addressing the most common pronunciation problems are shared, along with a list of resources available for further self-study.

About the Facilitator

Dr. Kay Herbert has eighteen years of experience teaching English to internationals in the U.S. and overseas and training English language teachers.


"It was a very interesting talk. I liked the fact that she made the audience participate in some activities which was an eye opener for me as I tend to make some of those mistakes." – Civil and Environmental Engineering

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