Dialect Workshop

On-Demand Workshop for SLP's, ESL Teachers, Actors, Voice Coaches, and Other Speech Professionals 


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Even if you don’t work with actors, don’t assume that you will never use this accent.  There are many reasons that you should know how to teach dialects and here are just a few:


5 Reasons You Should Know How To Teach At Least One Dialect


1.  Knowing how to teach various dialects makes you more of an accent expert and a much better teacher.

2.  You can use the Southern accent to help non-native speakers master the rhythm of English and I’ll explain why and how to do that in the workshop.

3.  At some point, you will probably be contacted by potential students who want to lose or reduce their southern twang and learn to use a more general American accent.  Side note: In my opinion, it’s not up to us to decide whether changing a native accent or dialect is right or wrong. If a student comes to us with this request, we should help them because we have the skills to do it.

4.  If you truly believe that all accents and dialects are equally beautiful and should be equally accepted, you should back that up by knowing how to teach more than just the General American Accent.  And when someone tries to challenge you or shame you for teaching the General American Accent (doesn’t happen often but it probably will happen at some point) I want you to able to honestly say, “I love all accents and I teach several different accents.” 

5.  Teaching dialects to actors is a really great niche market and you have the skills to do it.  You just need to learn some considerations for working with actors and the sounds and features of specific accents and dialects.

Workshop Overview

Instruction Time:  78 Minutes

Format: Video lessons and related downloadable PDF's

This workshop qualifies for 1 Continuing Education Hour or ASHA CMH

Here's What We Will Cover

  • What Is An Accent?

  • How Do Accents and Dialects Develop?

  • Why should SLP’s and ESL teachers care about dialects?

  • The different varieties of The Southern Dialect

  • The General American Southern Dialect: Its development and why it's the most useful Southern Dialect to learn

  • The Rhythm and Intonation of the General Southern Dialect

  • The Sounds and Additional Features of The General Southern Dialect

  • Choosing A Southern Speech Model

  • Considerations for teaching a dialect

  • Special Considerations For Working With Actors

    You’ll also get worksheets and materials to use with your students or practice on your own!


If You Are Member of The Accent Channel Method Teacher Training Program, This Workshop is Included FREE As Part Of Your Program.


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Learning Outcomes:

After Completing This Course Participants Will Be Able To

  • Define important terminology for working with students who want to learn accents and dialects
  • Identify the most common features of the General American Southern Dialect
  • Instruct students to pronounce vowels and consonants using General American Southern pronunciation
  • Demonstrate rhythm and intonation patterns of the General American Southern Dialect
  • Apply practice and training techniques to help students use General American Southern Dialect features in conversational speech
  • Implement dialect training exercises and provide feedback
  • Identify special considerations for teaching accents and dialects to actors
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