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Quick Facts

  • 400 - Minimum number of clock hours of supervised clinical experience required of master's degree students
  • ~2,000 - Number of children and adults served by clinical educators and students in 2015-16
  • ~700 - Number of preschool children screened for communication disorders in 2015-16
  • $35,000 - Donation made by Orlando Magic player Victor Oladipo to support the UCF Listening Center's mission
  • 10 - Number of counties served by FAAST's Atlantic Region Assistive Technology Demonstration Center

Mailing Address

Communication Disorders Clinic
College of Health and Public Affairs
University of Central Florida
3280 Progress Drive
Suites 500, 300
Orlando, FL 32826-2215

Phone: 407-882-0468
Fax: 407-882-0483

Accent Reduction

What are speech and language differences?

People who speak a primary language other than English may experience interference during speech production. Interference occurs as features of the first language spillover onto the second, less-dominant language. This may result in certain sounds or grammatical structures being produced incorrectly while speaking English. Speech and language differences may include:

  • substitution of sounds in the primary language that are close to the sounds in the second language
  • suprasegmental difficulties related to stress and intonation differences for words and phrases
  • word order differences in sentence formation
  • differences in verb tense markers as well as other grammatical features
  • general vocabulary deficits
  • Accent reduction therapy can help individuals improve speech and language production.

How can UCF help?

The clinic offers services designed to assist individuals with accent reduction.

What is the evaluation procedure?

During an evaluation for accent reduction, the number and types of interferences, as well as the ways in which the speaker reacts to and copes with English, are noted. Assessments to measure knowledge and use of the English language may also be administered.

What type of treatment do we provide?

Therapy for accent reduction consists of the following:

  • The Compton Program, Pronouncing English as a Second Language
  • replication of words and sentences to improve critical listening, pronunciation and prosodic features
  • vocabulary bombardment
  • sentence and grammatical structure drills

Application Form

Accent reduction application form


Institute of Language and Phonology

[The clinicians] really pay attention to the patient's needs.
— Spouse of "Jeff",  a stroke survivor
The clinic has helped him with reading comprehension and math problems. We've been very happy with the program.
— Mother of "Christopher",  a child diagnosed with a language delay at age four
As a caregiver, the [clinic's impact] has been tremendous.
— Spouse of "Romeo",  a stroke survivor
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