Accent & Communication Training (ACT)


The Center is excited to announce that individual training sessions are now being offered online to individuals residing in the states of Massachusetts, Maryland, and North Carolina! The same registration process, training format, and rates will apply.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of ACT?

The purpose is to facilitate successful and meaningful communication exchanges in a variety of settings (e.g., work, school, home) by ensuring that individuals are understood by communication partners (e.g., friends, employers, professors).

What does ACT involve?

It 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.

How can ACT help in daily communication?

The knowledge provided in training increases awareness and the ability to produce individual sounds and the melody of speech so that they are more understandable to others. This will result in more effective communication, increased confidence, greater personal and professional success, and an increased ability to be understood by others.

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.

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.”
Who can register for ACT?

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

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 2 weeks following the evaluation.

What is the training format?

Individual and group training sessions are offered. Sessions are held at the SLHC or in a classroom on the Northeastern University campus from Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Each individual session is 45 minutes and takes place in a 1:1 (instructor and client) format. Each group session is 90 minutes and takes place in a small group format (1 instructor and 2-8 clients).

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.

What does the content of a Level 1 group session include?

This content includes comprehensive instruction of the rules of articulation and prosody in MAE. A portion of the session is dedicated to instruction, while the remaining portion is dedicated to individual practice of specific areas.

What does the content of a Level 2 group session include?

This content includes applying skills in articulation and prosody in MAE to academic and professional communication (e.g., professional meetings, giving presentations, interviews). In order to enroll, a Level 1 certificate of completion or determined eligibility from a recent evaluation is required.

Are online training sessions available?

We are excited to announce that we also 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.

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.


Screening: $25
Evaluation: $250

Individual session: $75/session
Group session: $50/session

Individual and group combined: $100/2 sessions

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.


Phone: 617.373.2492
Fax: 617.373.8756
Speech-Language and Hearing Center
30 Leon Street
503 Behrakis Health Sciences Center
Boston, MA 02115

Accent & Communication Specialists