Effectiveness of Two Different Approaches to Accent Modification Services for Non-Native English Speakers of Korean Background This study evaluated effectiveness of two different approaches to accent modification for non-native English speakers. Eight native Korean speakers of English participated. English labio-dental fricatives, liquids, and front vowels were targeted. Half of the participants received accent modification services with a focus on individual sound drills (segmental approach) while the ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2013
Effectiveness of Two Different Approaches to Accent Modification Services for Non-Native English Speakers of Korean Background
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  • Sue Ann S. Lee
    Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX
  • Sherry Sancibrian
    Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX
  • Financial Disclosure: Sue Ann S. Lee is an Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Sherry Sancibrian is a Professor and Program Director at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
    Financial Disclosure: Sue Ann S. Lee is an Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Sherry Sancibrian is a Professor and Program Director at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.×
  • Nonfinancial Disclosure: Sue Ann Lee has previously published in the subject area. Sherry Sancibrian has previously published in the subject area.
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Article   |   December 01, 2013
Effectiveness of Two Different Approaches to Accent Modification Services for Non-Native English Speakers of Korean Background
SIG 14 Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Populations, December 2013, Vol. 20, 127-136. doi:10.1044/cds20.3.127
SIG 14 Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Populations, December 2013, Vol. 20, 127-136. doi:10.1044/cds20.3.127

This study evaluated effectiveness of two different approaches to accent modification for non-native English speakers. Eight native Korean speakers of English participated. English labio-dental fricatives, liquids, and front vowels were targeted. Half of the participants received accent modification services with a focus on individual sound drills (segmental approach) while the other half received services using minimal pairs (contrastive approach). The percentage of correct pronunciation was measured for each consonant and vowel category during each session. The results of this study revealed that both groups of Korean speakers showed a similar percentage of correct pronunciation for consonant production. However, those who received the contrastive approach demonstrated higher accuracy in vowel production than those who received the segmental approach. The results of this study suggest that contrastive approaches may be useful for non-native English speakers of Korean background, especially for vowel production.

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