The mission of AEI is to help international medical professionals empower themselves with effective communication skills in the context of the American language and cultural norms. Participants learn to minimize their non-native accents and cultivate good conversational skills. This brings the focus back to their exceptional academic abilities and increases their opportunities for professional advancement. The program also seeks to increase awareness in American health care providers about cultural differences in communication to facilitate intercultural understanding and tolerance. Awareness begets acceptance and adaptability to work with the differences.
AEI offers medical professionals an opportunity to improve their communication skills in a relaxed, noncompetitive atmosphere. It can provide the confidence and determination to pursue more conversations – professional and personal – in American English.
International professionals who learned English in their homeland may be challenged to communicate effectively in American English due to the difference in their accents. They’re often surprised, distracted or unprepared to communicate in both professional and casual settings. Time doesn’t always help; even after many years in the US, internationals can become frustrated in the simplest of conversations. If you have encountered any of these challenges while communicating in American English, this course is for you.
This course can help. Participants learn that their pronunciation may be one of the problems, but it isn’t the only one. In fact, the unique sounds/patterns of American English are the biggest challenges. And they’re central to fluent speech. The focus is on modification of international accents by providing training in recognition of American English sounds, accents and rhythm patterns. The goal is reduction, not elimination, of accents to maintain the unique individuality and cultural diversity of the participants. A textbook and CDs are integral to the course, but participants spend a significant amount of time actively learning, speaking and reinforcing spoken American English.
In this 10-week course you will become more aware of the unique features of American English pronunciation patterns and accent and learn to modify your own accent to more closely approximate the speech of native speakers of American English. You’ll walk away with:
At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to
Day & Time: Thursday Evenings, 5-7 p.m.
Start Date: August 21, 2014
End Date: October 23, 2014
Candlelight Room, A3050-A
1701 N. Senate Blvd, Indianapolis, IN, 46202
Instructor: Experienced ESL instructor specialized in accent modification
Cost: $200 per participant by July 21, 2014 ($300 after July 21, 2014)
Students and previous AEI participants:
$100 per participant by July 21, 2014 ($200 after July 21, 2014)
Registration ends August 14-2014
Sponsors: IUPUI Office of Diversity, Equity & inclusion and Asian Pacific American Faculty and Staff Council (APAFSC) http://www.apafsc.iupui.edu/index.php
CME/CE: This activity has been approved for 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ by Indiana University School of Medicine’s Division of Continuing Medical Education.
For more information contact Poonam Khurana, M.D. FAAP at firstname.lastname@example.org or 962-2275