Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers!

Browse through our frequently asked questions below.

Why is Voices of the World the best choice?

We provide extremely detailed, thorough training program. Unlike other programs which target only a few sounds at a time, our packages are designed to give you a thorough understanding of all American English sounds and sound patterns. We pride ourselves on our use of highly specific feedback to help you learn new skills as efficiently as possible with the least amount of frustration.

What results can I expect?

Some programs promise 50% improvement- you will likely find that data supporting 50% improvement is only on single spoken words, meaning one word spoken at a time. At Voices of the World, we carefully craft each program to maximize our students’ success, aiming for improvement of sounds not only in single words, but in sentences and conversational speech.  Each learner has a different background and different learning needs. The students who make the most progress are the ones who maintain a consistent training schedule, do their homework activities, and are eager to learn.

How can I approach my company about reimbursement?

Ask your manager about funds available for continuing education and language learning. The best way to start the conversation is by explaining your needs and why you feel you need pronunciation instruction.  Help your manager understand any communication difficulties you currently experience and how accent training could help improve communication with colleagues and customers.

Businesses are typically very supportive of their employees’ efforts to improve their communication skills. Better communication skills equal better productivity and greater success for the company as a whole. As such, many companies will reimburse employees for this type of continuing education.

Will insurance cover my training?

While Voices of the World is a speech therapy practice, accent reduction training is not a medical/health service.  For students with articulation or other communication disorders, we can provide a form for you to submit to insurance to request reimbursement (we do not bill insurance). We recommend that you call your insurance company to verify your benefits and coverage.

What does a training session entail?

Training focuses on your ability to identify and produce American English sounds, stress, and intonation patterns. You will spend time learning the differences between the sounds you are producing and the sounds we expect to hear in American English. Sounds and sound patterns are practiced in isolation, single words, sentences, reading, and conversation. Minor vocabulary and grammatical errors will also be addressed throughout the training, as needed. In addition, you will learn tricks and tools that will help you with your pronunciation practice at home and at work. At the end of each training session, your therapist will give you a customized homework plan to practice the information you learned during training.

Do you have flexible scheduling?

Yes! Classes are typically scheduled for a recurring day and time from week to week. We will work with you to find a day and time that will work with your schedule. Do you travel frequently for work or have a variable schedule? No problem- we can adjust class times as needed to fit your plans.

How long will it take to change my pronunciation?

The goal of accent training is not to eliminate your accent entirely, but rather to reduce your accent so that it doesn’t interfere with others being able to easily understand your message, every time you speak. The number of hours and sessions required to reduce your accent will depend on a variety of factors, including the degree or strength of your accent at the beginning of training. Other factors include the frequency with which you are able to attend training sessions, as well as the amount of practice you are able to complete between sessions.

Who can benefit from accent training?

Do people often ask you to repeat yourself? Do you know the vocabulary and grammar of English, but feel less confident in your pronunciation skills? Do you get confused looks when you speak? Do you feel anxious that people might not understand you when you speak over the phone or give a presentation? Do you feel that your accent may be limiting your advancement opportunities? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, we can help.

What’s the difference between a speech therapist and an accent coach?

Speech pathologists have extensive background and training in speech production. “Accent trainers” or “coaches” typically have experience in English language tutoring, but not in-depth knowledge of how to modify pronunciation patterns. Speech pathologists have a master’s degree, licensure, and certification that ensure the highest quality of accent reduction services. A speech pathologist will be able to provide you with the highly specific, structured feedback that you will need to make significant progress in your pronunciation skills.