The Software

Technology Enhanced Accent Modification, Version 2.0 by Arthur H. Schwartz, Cleveland State University.

Speech-language pathologists and others working with foreign-born professionals recognize how difficult it can be for their clients to learn the prosodic features of American English. TEAM (Technology Enhanced Accent Modification) is an instructional approach to accent modification that uses computerized displays and feedback to enable non-native speakers of English to see as well as hear the features of their accent that make their English speech difficult to understand. They can see features such as monotone, excessive rate, inappropriate syllable stress, deletion of sounds or syllables, and misarticulation of certain sounds. By comparing displays of their utterances with displays of model utterances containing the appropriate features, they can see the discrepancies and practice until their version matches the model. TEAM has six components:

  • software for the retrieval, display, and playback of model utterances,
  • a computer-based Accent Survey that assists in identifying accent features that need modification,
  • a curriculum addressing the 15 features of speech that make accents most difficult to understand,
  • an instructional methodology for accent monitoring and modification that can be used by clients on their own or with tutors,
  • a database of 3600 (1800 male, 1800 female) model utterances, and
  • a reference manual describing the program and its use.
  • Extensive online assistance is provided to assist with questions about program operation and instructional techniques.
  • TEAM operates on a personal computer using Windows 3.1/95/98 with the following (minimum) configuration: * 50 or 66 MHz processor * 8 megabytes RAM * SoundBlaster 16 or SoundBlaster AWE32 sound card * CD-ROM player * SVGA color monitor * high-quality microphone with amplifier * high quality audio speakers * mouse or other pointing device.

Screen Shots

Vowel Plot - This shows a student's sound in relation to the ideal pronunciation of a particular vowel.

Model and Student Waveforms - Students compare displays of their utterances with those of model pronunciation.

Activities - The topics and activities dialog box enables you to select the specific topic and activity you wish to use for a particular lesson.