Speaking American English Winter 2020 – Registering Now!

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Are you looking to increase confidence in your use of American English? The University Center for Language and Literacy at U-M offers a special workshop designed to help you reach your personal communication 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 not to eliminate the accents of our clients, but to enhance communication skills for greater confidence in any setting.

Participants set their own individual goals at the start of the workshop and will work to achieve those goals using a combination of small group activities and one-on-one interaction, facilitated by a Speech and Language Pathologist. Each session provides a supportive environment where you have the opportunity to practice skills that are important to you.

The workshop will have nine weekly sessions. Participants will meet on Wednesdays from February 5 to April 15, 2020. There will be no session on March 4, 2020 because it is during the University of Michigan spring break.

What to Expect

  • The initial meeting will be focused on setting your personal goals and objectives
  • Group and individual activities
  • Exercises for improving articulation, rate control, and projection
  • Increased confidence in social and professional interactions
  • Guidance from a licensed Speech and Language Pathologist

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


When: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, February 5-April 15, 2020. No meeting on March 4.
Where: UCLL Offices, 1111 E. Catherine St. Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Cost: $275.00, plus purchase of Mastering the American Accent by Lisa Mojsin.