AEI | Accent Modification

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.

Current Courses


Start Date: March 16, 2016
End Date: May 26, 2016

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Why do we need to improve our pronunciation skills and modify our accents? Who should attend?

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, some 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.

How can an international professional learn to speak and listen to American English more successfully?

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.

What will you get?

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:

  • A greater awareness of the importance of pronunciation skills and a modified accent that is more understandable to native speakers of American English.
  • An increased ability to communicate more effectively in spoken English,  to understand and be understood by native speakers of American English.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • RECOGNIZE differences in individual and American English
  • RECOGNIZE personal strengths and challenges in spoken English
  • Develop a PLAN to modify pronunciation to align with American English

Registration includes:

  • A textbook/CD, 22 hrs. instruction
  • Pre- and post-course assessments to evaluate each student’s pronunciation and speech in context
  • 20 CME/CE credits

What are the details?

Day & Time: Wednesday Evenings, 5:15-7:15 P.M.
Start Date: March 16, 2016
End Date: May 26, 2016

Methodist Hospital
Candlelight Room, A3050-A
1701 N. Senate Blvd, Indianapolis, IN, 46202

Instructor:  Experienced ESL instructor specialized in accent modification

Cost: $200 per participant by Feb 15, 2016 ($300 after Feb 15, 2016)

Students and previous AEI participants:

  • $100 per participant by Feb 15, 2016 ($200 after Feb 15, 2016)

Registration ends March 10, 2016

Registration check should reach Janice Walls by the stated date.

Mail to:

Janice Walls, Section Administrator/Business Manager
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Riley Hospital for Children
699 Riley Hospital Drive, Riley Research 208
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

Please note: Class seats are LIMITED and the registration fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.

Please check your schedules to ensure that there are no conflicts for at least 70% of the classes before you register. Registering when you are unsure of your attendance blocks a valuable seat that could be used by someone else.

This is not a class for learning to speak English. To be eligible to participate you must have a fair degree of fluency in speaking English.

Sponsors: IUPUI Office of Diversity Affairs and Asian Pacific American Faculty and Staff Council (APAFSC)

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 Dr. Poonam Khurana at or 962-2275