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OIP Offers Accent Reduction Course for Non-Native English Speakers

The English as a Second Language division of the Office of International Programs will offer a course to assist non-native English speakers improve their communication. Accent Reduction for Non-Native English Speakers is a five-week, non-credit course focusing on pitch and stress in American English pronunciation. Taught by Daniel Raffalovich, director of English as a Second Language, the course will meet March 20 through April 21, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

"There's nothing wrong with having a foreign accent unless it interferes with communication," Raffalovich said. "At the same time, one may merely want more natural-sounding speech."

Registration for the course is $100 and is limited to 10 students. Faculty, staff, students, scholars and community members are welcome. To register or for more information, please contact Rachel Last at or 334-844-2175.

Last Updated: June 11, 2017