About Us

We have offered a variety of accent modification programs in a customized format since 2005. In addition to a basic program for accent modification, The Compton Pronouncing English as a Second Language (P-ESL), we offer programs designed for medical professionals, a program for Americans who want to reduce their regional dialects and our own Targeted Coaching Program to help clients prepare for a presentation or job interview.

We teach EVERY client how to decode the Standard American English pronunciation of any word using the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet), along with intonation rules and notation. Clients digitally record all sessions and use a phonetic dictionary that now has a complete “app” for smart phones!

We provide services to individuals who are employed in small companies and large corporations and the university and medical communities in “The Triangle” of Central North Carolina including Raleigh, Durham, RTP, Cary and Chapel Hill.

We provide:

  • A free initial telephone consultation
  • An in-person information session with screening tests
  • An in-depth, individual evaluation
  • Individual tutorials
  • Training in our offices in Durham and Raleigh

 

 

All Triangle Speech Services staff hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

 

WHAT DO I LOOK FOR IN A GOOD ACCENT MODIFICATION PROGRAM?

  • It does not offer a “quick fix!” You cannot “Lose your accent in 28 days.” If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Accent reduction requires time.
  • It begins with a diagnostic, prescriptive, comprehensive individual evaluation and a  written report which includes an analysis of intonation and grammar errors.
  • There is a customized, individualized curriculum, even in a group format.
  • Vocabulary and speaking tasks unique to each client’s profession are included.
  • Practice materials include audio CDs, interactive CD-ROM or audio recordings.
  • Instructors are licensed, certified and experienced speech-language pathologists.
  • Distance learning formats require real time web based interface with live audio and video feeds. You must weigh the cost of investing in this equipment vs. the cost of an in-person tutorial format.
  • Self-study DVDs, CD-Rom and audio CD formats do not offer opportunities for live instructor shaping and real time feedback but are good for follow-up review.
  • Telephone training loses essential information about body language and speech motor patterns.

See About Accents and Accent Modification.

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Judith L. Bergman M.A.
CCC-SLP

Founder & Director of
Triangle Speech Services

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