April 2018

Accent Reduction Techniques for Better Communication

Please Note
This session has been cancelled due to a change in the speaker's schedule. We hope to offer this session again soon. 
Status: This seminar has been cancelled due to low registration.
Date: Monday, April 16, 2018
Time: 8:45 AM–9:00 AM: Registration
9:00 AM–12:00 PM : Webinar
Location: Webinar
Presenter: Patrick Byrne, Registered Speech-Language Pathologist
L2 Accent Reduction Centre
Credit: 3 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: $99.00 + GST = $103.95 until Apr 2, 2017

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price:$149.00 + GST = $156.45

Non-Member Price: $149.00 + GST = $156.45

Student Member Price: $70.00 + GST = $73.50
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by April 02, 2018 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
Clear and accurate oral communication is essential to professional growth. If English is your second language, improving your speech skills will give your oral delivery greater impact by enabling your clients and colleagues to focus on the content of your speech and not how you say it. Engineers come from a variety of language backgrounds, so this is not a one-size-fits-all course. Rather, it targets your personal speech goals by focusing on pronunciation issues that are specific to your own first language.

Course Outline

Common Speech Problems

  • Word and Phrase Stress
  • Unstressed Vowels
  • Intonation
  • Word-Final Voiced Consonants
  • Breathy Voiceless Stop Consonants P,T,K
  • T and D Variations
  • TH 
  • Vowels

Target Speakers: All Non-native Speakers

Avoiding the Vocal Cord Stop

Target Speakers: Arabic/Chinese

Word-Final N and M

Target Speakers: Chinese/Korean/Spanish/Portuguese/Vietnamese

Back L

Target Speakers: Chinese/Japanese/Korean/Vietnamese

Front L

Target Speakers: Slavic

N vs L

Target Speakers: Mandarin


Target Speakers: Korean/Tagalog


Target Speakers: Portuguese/Spanish/Tagalog

B, D, G

Target Speakers: Portuguese/Spanish

Consonants Groups

Target Speakers: Arabic/Chinese/Japanese/Korean/Portuguese/Spanish/Tagalog

T and D

Target Speakers: Hindi/Urdu

Unique Features of the Course

The instruction will provide concrete, hands-on methods for solving speech problems that are specific to individual needs of the participant. It is offered by a veteran speech-language pathologist who applies evidence-based techniques from clinical speech therapy to accent reduction. The webinar presentation will be interactive, dynamic, and imitate real speech. Written materials and sound files will be available for participants.

Target Audience

Professionals with high-level English skills who want to take their speech clarity and communication to the next level.


Patrick Byrne

L2 Accent Reduction Centre

Patrick Byrne is a speech-language pathologist with an extensive background in helping people communicate better. He holds a master's degree in speech science from UBC, providing him with a detailed knowledge of sound production and comprehensive training in speech analysis. Patrick is a member of the Speech-Language Audiology Canada, The British Columbia Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists, and the College of Speech and Hearing Professionals of BC. He has worked with a diverse clientele in both public health and private practice. As a certified TESL instructor Patrick has taught English both in North America and overseas

About L2 Accent Reduction Centre

For over a decade L2 Accent Reduction Centre has been helping clients reach their professional goals by speaking with greater accuracy and clarity. Courses are provided individually or in small groups at L2's downtown Vancouver clinic or on site at the workplace. L2 also services clients worldwide via video streaming. The training is supported by L2’s proprietary materials, which will be provided for the workshop.

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