Higher Education

Accent Modification Manual: Materials and Activities, 1st Edition

  • Harold T. Edwards, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Communications Disorders & Sciences, Wichita State University
  • Kathy Strattman, M.A. Instructor and Clinical Supr Communication Disorders and Sciences, Wichita State Univ., Wichita, KS
  • ISBN-10: 1565934520  |  ISBN-13: 9781565934528
  • 282 Pages
  • © 1996 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $155.75



The Accent Modification Manual helps students use their cognitive and problem-solving abilities to examine the key elements of the intonation system of American English, how it is organized, and more importantly, how it works in communication. The strategies in this text provide the framework for the life-long process of modifying an accent. This text is an especially creative way of engaging learners in the process, and eliciting ownership of and a commitment to their own personalized improvement plan.

Features and Benefits

  • Designed primarily for non-native speakers of American English who have accents that may interfere with intelligibility
  • Manual presents lessons and exercises that are graded in difficulty and provide opportunities for immediate use
  • Unique features include its suitability for use with individual, small groups, and class applications by ESL teachers, speech-language pathologists, and speech teachers
  • Text exercises keyed to audiotaped examples

Table of Contents

Foreward..Preface..Lessons..Getting Ready to Speak American English..Understanding Accent Modification..Using Pitch in One- and Two-Syllable Words and Phrases..Using Pitch in Three-Syllable Words and Phrases..Using Pitch in Phrases and Sentences..Useful Phrases and Sentences..Asking for Information..Determining Where to Jump in Pitch.."The Fox and The Grapes": A Passage for Practice..Using Ligatures and Blends..Using Upward Intonation for Yes/No Questions..Using Special Emphasis Intonation..Rhythm: Using Time in Speaking..More on the American English Syllable..Intonation in Longer Sentences..Putting our Knowledge to Work: How to Tell A Story..Speaking in Formal Situations..Offering Choice..Asking Questions with Tags..Review of Standard Intonation and Its Variations..References..Appendixes..Index..


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