What Is a Speech-Language Pathologist?

Speech-language pathologists are highly-educated professionals who help people overcome communication differences that prevent them from connecting with others. Speech-language pathologists can specialize in a variety of issues, such as:

  • Speech disorders that make it difficult or impossible for people to speak clearly.
  • Fluency, more commonly known as stuttering.
  • Voice, or the way people sound when they speak, such as sounding hoarse or speaking louder than necessary.
  • Social communication, such as taking turns during conversations and how closely people stand when they talk to others.

Many speech-language pathologists work with clients to help them modify their accents. For example, someone who has moved to the United States from a different country may use an American English pronunciation coach to communicate more clearly with locals.

American English pronunciation coaches might also work with native-born Americans who want to modify their regional accents.

Qualifications to Become a Speech-Language Pathologist

Becoming a speech-language pathologist is a rigorous process that can take many years.

Before they can work with clients, speech-language pathologists need to earn graduate degrees. They must also earn certificates from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). 

Pathway to certification includes:

  • Graduating from an accredited graduate school.
  • Passing the Praxis Examination in Speech-Language Pathology.
  • Completing 1,260 hours of clinical fellowship experience.
  • Receiving certification to practice independently.

During her studies, our founder Michelle researched and studied pronunciation and accents. She has worked with a wide variety of people who spoke many different languages, and she has seen how their accent often made it hard for them to reach professional success in the United States.

Michelle found a passion for helping people develop confidence in their communication skills. That’s why she is using her knowledge as an accent coach!

Why Should You Work with a Pronunciation Coach?

It’s important to remember that no accent is better than another. A foreign accent, however, may prevent non-native English speakers from communicating easily with native English speakers.

Communication barriers can impact several aspects of your life. Employers may hesitate to hire people they cannot understand easily. Once you have a job, your accent could make it harder for you to work with others.

Accents can also affect your personal life. Some people have biases against non-native English speakers. Discrimination even happens to some people from the United States. For example, many Americans have a bias against accents that sound like they come from the Southern states. It’s an inaccurate, unfair assumption, but it’s something people with accents experience regularly.

If you want to feel more confident when you speak English, a speech-language pathologist can help. With practice and training, you’ll have the skills you need to communicate effectively and with confidence.

How You Can Improve Your American English Accent

Because of Michelle’s training as a speech-language pathologist, her approach to accent coaching is focused on producing individual sounds and how they combine to sound fluent. She has done a lot of research to identify the English sounds that are the most difficult for non-native speakers to pronounce. 

In her course, she helps improve the 24 most common foreign accent error patterns, as well as stress, intonation, and connected speech. Each weekly lesson takes you closer to sounding like a native speaker. Each online study session gives you opportunities to practice what you’ve learned and get feedback from your coach.

Try a free, seven-day trial to help you decide whether Communicato has the right American English pronunciation program for you!

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