Efficacy in Accent Modification Services: Quantitative and Qualitative Outcomes for Korean Speakers of American English Instructors of accent modification programs find few long range efficacy studies that they can use to critically examine the effectiveness of their training programs. Fewer still limit the language background variables of the study participants that might yield interesting information about specific instructional strategies and targets. This long term study ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2013
Efficacy in Accent Modification Services: Quantitative and Qualitative Outcomes for Korean Speakers of American English
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  • Dana R. Fritz
    Department of Communication Science and Disorders, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
  • Lorna D. Sikorski
    LDS & Associates, LLC, Tustin, CA
  • Financial Disclosure: Dana R. Fritz is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Missouri. Lorna D. Sikorski is the Founder of LSD & Associates.
    Financial Disclosure: Dana R. Fritz is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Missouri. Lorna D. Sikorski is the Founder of LSD & Associates.×
  • Nonfinancial Disclosure: Dana R. Fritz has previously published in the subject area. Lorna D. Sikorski has previously published in the subject area.
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Article   |   December 01, 2013
Efficacy in Accent Modification Services: Quantitative and Qualitative Outcomes for Korean Speakers of American English
SIG 14 Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Populations, December 2013, Vol. 20, 118-126. doi:10.1044/cds20.3.118
SIG 14 Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Populations, December 2013, Vol. 20, 118-126. doi:10.1044/cds20.3.118

Instructors of accent modification programs find few long range efficacy studies that they can use to critically examine the effectiveness of their training programs. Fewer still limit the language background variables of the study participants that might yield interesting information about specific instructional strategies and targets. This long term study examines outcomes data from 167 Korean men and women who participated in the MU (University of Missouri) Accent Modification and Pronunciation Program (AMP) from 2006-present. Quantitative data will include pre- and post- measures using the Sentence Intelligibility Test (Yorkston, Beukelman, & Tice, 1996), the POEC Screen Online (Sikorski, 2009), and qualitative data will include information obtained through surveys of individuals who have completed the MU AMP program. The authors discuss multisensory methods used in this program to effect positive change in adult English as a Second Language (ESL) oral skills.

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