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LU offers accent reduction training

Lamar University’s Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences is offering a 6-week program on accent reduction. The program will work on several aspects of speech production to match American English.

The program includes training in the use of rhythm, intonation, and breathing for American English speech sounds.

This program is not to teach language, but rather is to help non-native English speakers make their speech more intelligible, said Nandhu Radhakrishnan, assistant professor of speech-language pathology.

“Speaking well in American English can be particularly challenging,” said Radhakrishnan, who holds a Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University. “This program will help participants improve their speech and gain confidence through proven techniques and practice.”

The program is being offered without charge for Lamar University faculty, staff and currently enrolled students. The program is also being offered to others for a $500 fee, Radhakrishnan said.

The program will meet twice each week beginning Feb. 24 in the Lamar University Speech and Hearing Clinic at the intersection of Rolfe Christopher and Iowa streets on the LU campus.

For more information on the program, contact Radhakrishnan at (409) 880-7591.