Accent Modification in a Thai-Speaking Graduate Student
Persons seeking to modify accents typically have strong English language skills in terms of comprehension and production, but have increasing difficulty with details of the English language that do not match with linguistic patterns of their first language, specifically with the use of phonemes, coarticulation, and intonation patterns.
P was a 28-year-old woman originally from Thailand referred to a university accent modification program. P was pursuing a doctorate in chemical engineering and sought to improve her research-presentation skills as well as her ability to be understood by her fellow students, professors, and friends. She studied English for more than 10 years in Thailand with primary emphasis in reading and writing, but relatively limited practice in listening and speaking. She began using English for daily communication 2 years ago when she started her academic program. P presented as an outgoing person with a large international cohort of friends.