School of Communication

Accent and Dialect Modification

For some non-native English speakers, communication difficulties are experienced when verbally expressing themselves. These difficulties may include, but are not limited to, formulating messages when speaking English and not being understood by conversation partners. Consequently, our clinic offers accent modification services to assist individuals when these difficulties exist. Working professionals as well as undergraduate and graduate students who are non-native English speakers can optimize their English-speaking skills for academic, social, and business purposes. Individual and group practice sessions are offered, and are tailored to the communication needs of each client using goal-driven functional activities. For example, practice can include refining spoken English skills for interviews, meetings, presentations, and teleconferences to improve communication and meet the performance standards required in today's academic and professional settings. Dialect modification services are also offered for individuals who are native American English speakers and speak with a regional dialect other than General American English. For individuals who speak American English with a regional dialect and would like to speak with General American English, clinical services are also offered using the same personalized approach as described for accent modification.

Accent and Dialect Modification services may benefit:

  • Business professionals with domestic and international contacts and projects
  • International students and faculty
  • Allied health and medical practitioners
  • Clergy and other leaders within diverse communities
  • Human resources, customer service, and telecommunications professional

Services include:

  • Phone consultation to discuss each client's communication needs
  • Individual and group sessions available on the Evanston campus
  • Customized accent modification programs available for University departments and local professional organizations


The Northwestern University Speech, Language, and Learning Clinic provides comprehensive evaluation and therapy services on the Evanston campus. Diagnostic evaluations determine the course of treatment, including frequency and appropriateness of individual and/or group therapy.

The Northwestern University Speech, Language, and Learning Clinic is a unique community resource that merges university research and innovative teaching with clinical services. Experts in the field – faculty who are nationally certified and state licensed speech-language pathologists – direct provision of clinical services, bringing exceptional knowledge and experience to our clients.

For more information, contact the Speech, Language, and Learning Clinic at 847-491-5012 or SLLClinic@Northwestern.edu.

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