Accent Reduction and Speech Therapy
personalized for you.

Speak American English more clearly and with greater confidence with OneWorld’s accent reduction training.
Be understood & achieve your goals!

Meet your therapist

My name is Jodi DeToffol and I am the founder of OneWorld Speech and Language Consulting, LLC. I have been providing accent and communication training services since 2003 and have been a practicing Speech Language Pathologist since 1998. I received my Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Minnesota. I am certified by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and I’m a licensed Speech Language Pathologist in the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Jodi DeToffol

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The training helped me to pay attention when I communicate. My colleagues have mentioned that I speak more clearly now.
H.S.
Engineer, MNDOT
I really feel that this training has given me more confidence.  I pay more attention to how I say words.  I feel that the training has helped me tremendously.
S.L.
Software Engineer, IBM
Since I have completed this training, my peers and clients can understand me better when I communicate with them.
P.Y.
Technical Services, Wells Fargo
I am greatly satisfied with the methodology and effort of the instructor.  I have noticed that I can easily correct myself when people fail to understand what I say now.
S.S.
Assistant Professor, Univ. of MN Medical School

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Training customized to your specific needs.

Common Questions

Accent reduction builds on existing English skills. It is assumed that the enrollee has had English vocabulary and grammar training. Accent reduction primarily addresses the production and intonation of spoken English. (Did you know that intonation carries 60% of the meaning of what you say?) In addition, enhancement of language comprehension is addressed by educating the client about idioms and slang commonly heard in the United States.

It is important to understand that accent reduction does not eliminate a person’s accent. However, modification is important. Difficulties with communication can interfere with productivity and profitability. Professionals with an accent may struggle to make themselves understood, and their credibility may come into question. No matter how valuable the ideas, without clear oral presentation skills, these ideas may fail to be communicated with impact. As a result, proposals may not be approved, sales may be lost, co-workers and supervisors may become frustrated, you may lose your confidence in your abilities, or longtime customers may be dissatisfied.

Not likely. However, if you have attended the training sessions consistently and have completed homework as assigned, you can expect to sound significantly less accented and significantly more intelligible when speaking American English. You will also understand and utilize common workplace idioms. Newfound awareness of your speech will allow you to build on and strengthen the skills gained in training.

Speaking English with a recognizable regional accent is not necessarily a problem. However, if people occasionally have difficulty understanding you, or if your speech patterns interfere with your success on the job or with your social communication, you may wish to consider accent reduction.

Our clients represent nationalities from all over the world. They fill a wide variety of vocations including consultants, medical professionals, teachers, actors, sales representatives, trainers, marketing professionals, bankers, and many other professionals. Anyone whose professional progress is hindered by their communication is a good candidate for the services of OneWorld.

Our fees are determined upon completion of initial consultation and evaluation when specific client needs can be better determined. Our all-inclusive rates are commonly funded through employer continuing education and training budgets. We offer a variety of programs to fit your needs and budget.

One or two sessions is sometimes all that are needed to refresh your American English accent for an important presentation, interview or speaking event.

This recommendation, like the recommendation of a continuing education opportunity is a professional development recommendation. We all appreciate being informed of opportunities to better ourselves.

Speech language pathologists are particularly well-suited to work in the area of accent modification. Speech language pathologists study all aspects of normal and disordered communication including the anatomy and physiology of the speech production mechanism. We are trained to determine what percentage of accent is based in English-learning issues and whether disorders of speech, language, voice, or learning are present. Our graduate level studies are complemented by a lifetime of learning as we fulfill continuing education required by state speech-language pathology licensing boards. Speech-language pathologists, having the consequent expertise in communication, are best positioned to take American English learning beyond the vocabulary to the art of effective spoken language.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), our national professional organization, is an excellent resource for the public. Visit their consumer website home page (www.asha.org) to search for a qualified professional in your area. At www.asha.org click on “public,” then click on either “ProServ” or “referral service.” You may also call the ASHA Action Line (1.800.638.8255) to request a speech language pathologist by specialty and city. Speech-languagepathologist.org is another great public resource that allows you to request a speech pathologist by specialty and city.

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