Accent & Communication Training (ACT)

Effective communication is essential to succeed in academics, business, healthcare, research, and customer service. ACT training facilitates successful and meaningful communication exchanges in a variety of life settings by ensuring that individuals are understood by their communication partners. We offer accent modification, public speaking, and communication training for non-native speakers of American English, with sessions on campus or online.

 

 ACT involves direct instruction and models for articulation (the way sounds are produced) and prosody (the melody of speech) in Mainstream American English (MAE). It provides opportunities to practice learned skills in a variety of communication settings and situations (e.g., presentations, interviews, ordering food), as well as direct feedback on performance from the instructors.

 

ACT at Northeastern is open to anyone; affiliation with Northeastern University is not required for participation.

FAQ’s

What is a screening?

A screening determines whether training would be beneficial and whether a full evaluation is recommended. A screening is typically 15-30 minutes in length, and includes speaking tasks. It can either be completed online or in person at the Speech-Language and Hearing Center (SLHC).

What is an evaluation?

An evaluation determines the specific areas of training that would be most appropriate based on a thorough analysis of speech. Completion of an evaluation is required prior to starting a training program. An evaluation is typically 60-90 minutes in length and includes a hearing screening, and speaking and listening tasks. It is completed in person at the SLHC. A written report with detailed results and recommendations, including an OCP score, will be provided approximately two weeks following the evaluation.

What is the training format?

Individual training is currently the format offered. Sessions are held at the SLHC from Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Each individual session is 45 minutes and takes place in a 1:1 (instructor and client) format.

What does the content of an individual session include?

The content includes customized instruction of articulation and prosody in MAE to fit an individual’s specific needs. The particular sounds (e.g., “th” sound as in “the” and melodies of speech (e.g., stressing/emphasizing the second syllable in “deVElop” instead of the first syllable “DEvelop”) that are targeted in training depend on those identified during the evaluation.

Are online training sessions available?

We conduct individual training sessions online for clients residing anywhere in the states of Massachusetts, Maryland, and North Carolina. The same registration process, training format, and rates will apply.

How successful are individuals who have completed the ACT program?

Success in training depends on many factors. The most success is achieved by those who: attend sessions regularly; practice frequently; apply knowledge and skills both inside and outside of sessions; utilize self-awareness skills; internalize and implement feedback provided by instructors; and have realistic expectations for progress.

Are course credits or certificates provided upon successful completion of a training program?

As of now, course credits are not associated with ACT training sessions; however, a certificate is provided upon successful completion (requirement are discussed at the beginning of a training program) for all group training sessions and can be requested for successful completion of individual training sessions as well.

What do past clients say about ACT?

Here are some quotes from clients who have completed the ACT program:

  • “I am more confident with my English.”
  • “My friend said that my pronunciation is better.”
  • “After taking the program, I know how to order a cup of coffee at Starbucks.”
  • “Before I didn’t know how to pronounce ‘l’ and ‘n’, but now I do.”
  • “I can now speak aloud in front of a group of people.”

Cost

Screening: $25
Evaluation: $250

Individual session: $75/session

How can an individual register for ACT?

  1. Complete the registration form and email, fax, or mail it to the Speech-Language and Hearing Center.
  2. Upon receiving the completed registration form, an instructor from the SLHC will call to schedule a screening and/or an evaluation.
  3. Based on the results of the evaluation, schedule individual and/or group training sessions.

Contact

Phone: 617.373.2492
Fax: 617.373.8756
Email: ACT@neu.edu
Address:
Speech-Language and Hearing Center
30 Leon Street
503 Behrakis Health Sciences Center
Boston, MA 02115

Accent & Communication Specialists