Here's How to Do Accent Modification: A Manual for Speech-Language Pathologists

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Plural Publishing, Mar 15, 2019 - Medical - 306 pages
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Here's How to Do Accent Modification: A Manual for Speech-Language Pathologists is designed for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) working with clients on accent modification in American English. A growing number of non-native speakers are interested in improving their communication skills and SLPs need preparation to work with this clientele. The text provides copious advice and many diverse techniques for teaching accent modification, from the level of basic sounds to the level of discourse.

The text emphasizes realistic goal setting, so that clients focus on becoming effective communicators as opposed to sounding exactly like native speakers. The objective is a balance between clear and natural speech. Many SLPs favor intelligibility over naturalness because of their backgrounds working with speech delayed children, but with non-native speakers this often leads to unnatural speech and listeners focus on how something is said as opposed to what is said.

Here's How to Do Accent Modification is uniquely geared toward the skills and backgrounds of SLPs working with clients in a one-on-one setting, but is also an excellent introductory text for any English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher. Robert McKinney brings this unique perspective as a speech-language pathologist with degrees in both Communication Disorders and Teaching English as a Second Language.

Also included with the text are numerous practical activities and worksheets for working with clients. The ebook includes audio files and video clips to demonstrate working with non-native speakers.


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Chapter 1 Accents
Chapter 2 Accent Modification
Chapter 3 Assessment
Chapter 4 Segmentals Overview
Chapter 5 Suprasegmentals Overview
Chapter 6 Consonants
Chapter 7 Vowels
Chapter 8 Syllables and Stress
Chapter 9 Prosody
Chapter 10 Connected Speech
Chapter 11 Getting Started

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About the author (2019)

Robert (Bob) McKinney, M.A., CCC-SLP, is the lead Speech-Language Pathologist at the Sweetwater Union High School District, where he heads the district's Culturally/Linguistically Diverse Assessment team. At San Diego State University, he supervises graduate students in the Accent and Communication Training Program and teaches phonetics. He had a 26-year career as a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) instructor, teaching and conducting teacher training in six countries, including 17 years at UCSD's English Language Institute. He holds an M.A. in Communicative Disorders, an M.A. in Education/TESOL, and an M.A. in International Relations. He speaks six languages and has worked with clients from more than 80 countries. Bob is active in the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association and has served on its board of directors.

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