TESOL: Teaching Accent Reduction to English Language Learners

This six-session course focuses on how to teach non-native English speakers to modify their accents in order to be more effective and comfortable in social and professional ventures. 


  • Format: Classroom / Online

    Hours: 30 hours / 3.0 CEUs

    Where: UGA's Gwinnett Campus

    When: More dates coming soon!

    Cost: $389

The course is designed for ESL teachers, EFL teachers, and those who want to concentrate on the field of accent reduction. The course is taught by instructors of the Global TESOL Certificate Program and consists of 30 hours of instruction, including six hours of online work.

You will learn:

  • How to teach the specific patterns of American English
  • How to create exercises for your students to gain increased skills in intonation, pitch, stress, and rhythm for a more natural speech pattern
  • How to use the IPA for teaching pronunciation
  • How to teach appreciation for dialectical and colloquial flavor

Course Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the course the participant will be able to:

  1. Better understand challenges of first language overlay in second language pronunciation
  2. Use linguistic information related to the sound system of North American English to teach accent reduction exercises
  3. Teach appreciation for the variety and flavors of accents and dialects
  4. Teach listening skills for distinguishing sounds
  5. Teach exercises that polish presentation techniques
  6. Teach exercises that increase conversation lucidity 

Who Should Attend?

  • ESL and EFL Teachers
  • Graduates of the Global TESOL Certificate program
  • Instructors who want to concentrate on the field of accent reduction 

Course Information

Course Date Info: 

More dates coming soon!

Course Format: 
University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus
2530 Sever Rd NW, Lawrenceville, GA 30043
United States
Course Fee(s): 


Continuing Education Information: 

30 hours, 3.0 CEU's

Visit the University of Georgia CEU policies for more details.

Sarah Anne Shope, M.S. Education-TESOL, Ph.D. Education. Dr. Shope brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in teaching English to speaker of other languages. She has been active in developing and facilitating Global TESOL training courses and programs, and her area of expertise includes applied linguistics, issues of culture, methodology for teaching English as a second language and/or as a foreign language, and creative professional writing. As a professional writer, Shope has considerable commercial, literary and academic publication credits.

Amine Issa, Jr, M.A. International Affairs. Mr. Issa earned his Master’s in International Affairs from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and is a graduate of UGA Continuing Education’s Global TESOL Certificate Program. He currently serves as an ESL Program Coordinator and Teacher in Atlanta, where he teaches ESL levels 2-4, as well as citizenship exam preparation classes. He is fluent in six languages and is a member of the TESOL International Association.

This course is recommended for students who have already completed the Global TESOL certificate program (or a similar series of courses), or who have previous experience teaching English to speakers of other languages.