Speaking American English: A Communication Skills Workshop for English Language Learners – Spring 2019

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The University Center for Language and Literacy (UCLL) at U-M offers a special workshop designed for non-native English speakers who want to expand their communication skills. If English is not your first language and you are interested in building confidence in your use of American English, our program provides the perfect environment for you to reach your personal goals.

Our certified Speech and Language Pathologists use techniques technically known as accent reduction to help non-native speakers feel more at home in their communications — whether that’s giving a presentation or taking notes in a class with a native speaker with a fast cadence. The goal of the program is certainly not to eliminate the accents of our clients, but to enhance communication skills for greater confidence in all settings. Participants will set their own individual objectives at the start of the workshop and will work to reach those goals using a combination of small group activities and one-on-one interaction, facilitated by a Speech and Language Pathologist.

What to expect:

  • The initial meeting will be focused on your specific goals and objectives
  • Group and individual activities
  • Exercises for improving articulation, rate control, and projection
  • Guidance from a licensed Speech and Language Pathologist

Please register for the workshop using the Speaking American English Registration form. If you have questions, need assistance, or want more information, please call (734) 764-8440.


When: Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m., January 16 to March 27, 2019
Where: UCLL Offices, 1111 E. Catherine St. Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Cost: $275.00, plus purchase of Mastering the American Accent by Lisa Mojsin.