February 2015

Accent Reduction Techniques for Better Communication - Introduction

Status: Advanced online registration is now closed. Please email Jennifer Chan at [email protected] to be placed on the waiting list.
Date: Thursday, February 12, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM-8:30 AM: Registration and Breakfast
8:30 AM-4:30 PM: Accent Reduction Techniques for Better Communication - Intro
Location: Vancouver, BC
Patrick Byrne, Speech-Language Pathologist, L2 Accent Reduction Centre
Credit: 7.5 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: $300.00 + GST = $315.00 until Jan 29, 2015

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $400.00 + GST = $420.00

Non-Member Price: $400.00 + GST = $420.00

Student Member Price: $200.00 + GST = $210.00
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by January 29, 2015 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
Contact: Jennifer Chan | Professional Development Coordinator
Direct: 604.412.4861
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Email: [email protected]
Is your accent an obstacle to effective communication? Find out how to turn your English pronunciation skills from a weakness into a strength. In this workshop, you will learn how to correct some common errors made by speakers of English as a second language. It will target features of English that affect the rhythm and melody of your speech. You will learn about accent vs intelligibility, prosody, word-final consonants, word and phrase stress, unstressed vowels and consonants, and intonation.
Give your professional goals a boost. Help your clients and colleagues recognize the value of your ideas. Be a better communicator. Be understood!
Workshop Outline
Accent vs Intelligibility: What is the Difference?
Prosody: What is it? Why is it Essential for Speech Clarity?
Word-Final Consonants: More than Meets the Ear
Word and Phrase Stress: It's all in the Timing
Unstressed Vowels and Consonants: A Case of Dual Identity
Linking Sounds Together for Fluent Speech
The Highs and Lows of English Intonation
Unique Features of the Course
The course is offered by a registered speech-language pathologist, who brings the methods and techniques of clinical speech therapy to accent reduction. Activities will be interactive, dynamic, and imitate real speech. Do not expect boring word lists to repeat!
Target Audience
Professionals with high-level English skills who want to improve their speech clarity
and communication effectiveness
Speaker Bio
Patrick Byrne is a speech-language pathologist with an extensive background in helping people communicate better. Patrick holds a master's degree in speech science from UBC, providing him with a solid understanding of sound production and comprehensive training in speech analysis. He is a member of the Speech-Language Audiology Canada and the College of Speech and Hearing Professionals of BC. He has worked with a diverse clientele in both public health and private practice. Previous to becoming an speech therapist, Patrick worked as a certified TESL instructor, and has taught English both in North America and overseas.

About L2 Accent Reduction Centre
A BC-based company with a global scope, L2 specializes in accent reduction training to help professionals communicate better at work and in everyday interactions. Courses are provided individually or in small groups at the L2 clinic, the clients' workplace, and by video streaming. The training is supported by L2's proprietary interactive online program.

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