L2 Accent Reduction Centre Will Facilitate a English Workshop for Immigrants and Other ESL Residents to Lead Them to Success

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L2 Accent Reduction Centre will be available to teach the techniques in accent reduction for a free English workshop hosted by S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Social Social Service Centre

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A majority of the time, English language learning puts a stronger emphasis on the other skills of reading, grammar, and writing, than it does on spoken English.

On May 29, 2013, L2 Accent Reduction Centre is going to facilitate a English workshop, hosted by S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Social Service Centre. The topic of the workshop is to teach immigrants and other ESL learners techniques in accent reduction and to assist them to speak clearer.

Spoken skills are one of the hardest aspects of mastering the English language for many newcomers. Research that evaluated language Instruction for immigrants to Canada showed that gains in spoken English were minimal after 1000 hours of class time. Accent reduction is a very significant way to improve spoken English.

In the workshop, L2 Accent Reduction Centre will help the participants to improve their spoken English from five different aspects: 1. tips to reduce and combine sounds of North American English; 2. analyses of the reasons that native speakers may not understand what ESL speakers’ are saying; 3. offer techniques to help people understand their intonation patterns; 4. Introduce interactive learning software; 5.teach some accent reduction techniques for job interviews.

Improving the ability to speak in casual situations has benefits that go beyond language skills. "If a person feels comfortable using English, then they will be able to network, meet more people, and have more confidence and optimism about their decision to have immigrated. People like that have much more success when it comes to finding work," Suddhodan Baiya, Labour Market Specialist at S.U.C.C.E.S.S., says.

Jeff Madigan, instructor at L2 Accent Reduction Centre, admits that a majority of the time, English language learning puts a stronger emphasis on the other skills of reading, grammar, and writing, than it does on spoken English. "And a big problem here locally," says Madigan, "is that people rarely step out of their comfort zone and predominately live within their own ethnic cluster. This reduces their ability to improve their spoken English." This workshop hosted by the S.U.C.C.E.S.S is a step towards opening the door to help ESL speakers to build their competency in spoken English.

Event: Speak Clearer – Techniques in Accent Reduction
Date: Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Place: Room 108, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Social Service Centre
28 West Pender Street
Vancouver, BC

About L2 Accent Reduction Centre:
The L2 Accent Reduction Centre, established in 2008, predominately works with internationally trained professionals. Although they may be entirely fluent by many standard measurements, they are looking to refine their English even more since many aspects of spoken English, such as pronunciation, idiomatic expressions, corporate jargon, and even tone of voice, can create barriers for career advancement.

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