Learning to speak English without a foreign accent is a long process that requires dedication, hard work, and a lot of practice.
With the right methodology it is radically fast, exciting, minimal work and practice! You shouldnt be measuring your progress over years. You should be measuring it over as little as an hour!
Throw out ‘realistic expectations’ and aim for where you really want to be. But this is not wishful thinking and self delusion. So Let’s talk about how to measure your progress.
Motivation – By tracking your progress, you can identify areas that need improvement so you can put in the work required. Without seeing progress, it cannot be easy to continue to learn English.
Focused attention – With clear goals in mind, you can determine what is important and what is not. Prioritisation enables you to remain focused, which can improve your chances of success.
Selection of effective strategies – Through tracking, you can be able to determine what works best for you so you can work on improving it.
So how will you track your progress in an accent reduction course?
Here are four strategies for measuring your progress to determine when accent reduction goals have been achieved.
Check If You Hear Things You Could Not Hear Before
One of the best ways to monitor your progress in an accent reduction course is by checking if you can hear things or sounds you could not hear before. You can do this by listening to native English speakers or recordings. Pay attention and ensure you stay focused and actively listen to the speaker.
Are You Producing The Right Sounds?
With proper effort and concentration, you should be able to produce the correct sounds when speaking. There are many things you can do to improve your pronunciation skills, including listening to native English speakers and imitating their pronunciation.
Record yourself speaking and compare it to native English speakers. Read words and sentences out loud to help you become familiar with the sounds. Practising regularly can help you become more confident with your pronunciation, which can help improve your communication skills.
If necessary, take English classes to learn the basics of the language and get feedback on your pronunciation from a professional instructor.
Check If The Concentration Required Is Getting Less And Less Over Time
You may feel more confident and comfortable speaking English as your accent changes. Also, if the concentration required is reduced over time, chances are you have improved your accent reduction. It would help to identify areas where you feel your pronunciation and intonation have improved.
Although self-assessment is not the most effective strategy when it comes to accent reduction, it can help assess your English progress. Self-assessment techniques such as listening, speaking, writing, or reading can help you evaluate your goals.
How Pronunciation School Can Help
Pronunciation School is the leading accent reduction school in Australia. We offer a detailed accent reduction course to help students reduce their accents and speak more like native speakers.
Request a free accent assessment to get started, or contact us online to learn more about our services.