English as a Second Language

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Clients with foreign accents do not have a communication disorder. The accent related services are elective, and the clients are usually self-referred because they want to improve their speech intelligibility or modify their accent in order to communicate more effectively. This is also true for native English-speaking clients with regional accents or dialects.

At the University of Cincinnati's Speech and Hearing Clinic, English as a Second Language (ESL) and Accent Modification services are provided by graduate students under the direct supervision of a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, it is within the scope of practice for speech-language pathologists to provide accent related services for clients who have learned English as a second language, to help them refine their understanding and usage of the English language. This includes evaluation and training for the following:

  • accent modification
  • higher level vocabulary (including words with multiple meanings)
  • syntax (grammar, word & sentence structure)
  • figurative language
  • pragmatic language (cultural social skills)
  • reading comprehension
  • written expressions
  • Clients with foreign accents do not have a communication disorder. The accent related services are elective, and the clients are usually self-referred because they want to improve their speech intelligibility or modify their accent in order to communicate more effectively. This is also true for native English-speaking clients with regional accents or dialects.

Participants can also request assistance with specific areas, such as interviewing and vocabulary related to their field of study.

The scope of practice for speech-language pathologists does not include the following: basic teaching of the English language; professional translation or interpretation. For clients who require these basic services, referral sources can be provided.

Current UC students can obtain services for course credit (CSD 5020 English Speaking Skills). Faculty are also able to receive these services at a reduced rate.

ESL services are also available for members of the community through the clinic.

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Speech & Hearing Clinic

Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders

French East Building Room G65

Phone: 513-558-8503 | Fax: (513) 558-8988