Choose Your Program to Clear & Confident English
Start working on your skills by choosing the right program for you
Choose Your Program for Clear & Confident English
Your Personalised Pronunciation Audit checked the key things you need to improve your pronunciation.
We assessed the following in order to recommend the best custom fit for you to progress and achieve your communication goals so that you can speak with confidence and comfort.
After your Blueprint Strategy Session you’ve received recommendations for which program is a good fit for you.
Your recommendation is based on our rating of your accent at the moment.
We rate accents as follows:
Make sure you check your email for the best fit program recommended for you.
But also, remember, it’s your choice which program you want to go for.
We want you to make the decision around the number of sessions comfortably, with no pressure.
Each program will unlock your the Voice Science Pronunciation Practice Platform for access to your materials as you work through your sessions with our team.
*Instalment payments are available. Refer to each program below for information on fees & let us know if you have question.
How to Get Started
Purchase Your Program
Purchase your chosen program at the links below and get ready for your sessions.
Silver ProgramLearn the Foundations
+ 5 X 45 minute sessions
+ Solo sessions
+ 5 weeks Introductory to Cadenza™ – our seperate practise product
Our SILVER PROGRAM will give you with a basic introduction to English pronunciation.
YOU WILL RECEIVE TRAINING IN:
✪ How to form a small handful of important vowels for English
✪ How to form a small handful of consonants for English
As well as,
✪ Basic insight into phonetics and the anatomy of English speech
✪ Extensive time to drill your pronunciation goals mostly at word level in the clinic
Outcomes vary among clients. If you are practising hard daily you should be able to integrate your pronunciation goals more solidly at a word level, reading level and possible even some instances of conversation level for the sounds you have learnt.
Pay in full or in 2 Separate Payments.
This program gives you 10 weeks bonus access to the Voice Science Programs interface – a personalised practice hub.
Pay in full or in 2 separate payments with our instalment plan.
Gold ProgramExpand your Speaking
+ 10 X 45 minute sessions
+ Solo sessions
+ 10 weeks Introductory to Cadenza™ – our seperate practise product
Our GOLD PROGRAM will take you on a firm & fun adventure into English pronunciation.
YOU WILL RECEIVE TRAINING IN:
✪ How to form the most important vowels of English
✪ How to form most consonants of English
✪ Strategies to practise English word & phrase stress
✪ Introduction to Linking & Pronunciation Fluency strategies
As well as,
✪ Foundational insight into phonetics and the anatomy of English speech
✪ Extensive time to drill your pronunciation goals mostly at phrase level in the clinic
Outcomes vary among clients. If you are practising hard daily you should be able to integrate your pronunciation goals more solidly at a phrase level, sentence level reading with increased moments of accuracy at conversational level.
This program gives you 20 weeks bonus access to the Voice Science Programs interface – a personalised practice hub.
Pay in full or in 3 separate payments with our instalment plan.
Platinum ProgramRefine your Speaking
+ 15 x 45 minute sessions
+ Solo sessions – no group work
+ 15 weeks Introductory Access to Cadenza™ – our seperate practice product
The PLATINUM PROGRAM is our premium pronunciation tuning offering.
YOU WILL RECEIVE TRAINING IN:
✪ How to form all vowels of English
✪ How to form all consonants of English
✪ Strategies to practise English word, sentence & phrase stress
✪ Detailed Linking and Pronunciation Fluency strategies
✪ Extension into Speech intonation and speech melody (prosody) strategies
✪ Resources to boost your tone for English
As well as,
✪ Massive exposure to phonetics and the anatomy of English speech.
✪ Voice care strategies if needed.
✪ Increased time for our team to guide you in strategies to take your new speaking techniques into everyday life.
Outcomes vary among clients. If you are practising hard daily you should be able to integrate your pronunciation goals more solidly at a sentence level with increased moments of increased accuracy at extended speaking level
This program gives you 6 months bonus access to the Voice Science Programs interface – a personalised practice hub.
Pay in full or in 5 separate payments with our instalment plan.
Book your appointment
Once you’ve bought your program above, we’ll contact you via email to arrange your appointment bookings.
We have appointments from Tuesday to Friday between 9am through to 4pm.
FAQ’s About Accent Reduction In Melbourne or Online
Check below for the frequently asked questions. If you’re feeling confused, don’t worry! You can reach us via the chat box at the left of the screen if you’ve got questions.
1. Who will assist me in Accent Modification & English Pronunciation training?
All sessions will be delivered by our certified practicing bilingual speech pathologists with extensive experience in accent modification and English pronunciation training.
2. If I reduce my accent will it affect my first language?
No! Sounds of your first language will remain distinct from any new language that you study.
3. Do I need a referral from my General Practitioner to receive English Pronunciation training?
No referral is required to start any of our English pronunciation training programs.
4. Can I receive private health care rebates for English Pronunciation training with a speech pathologist?
Most Private Health funds stipulate that they do not cover accent reduction, elocution or English pronunciation training. Speech Pathology is covered by Private Health funds for diagnosable medical disorders and communication disorders such as stuttering, voice disorders and neurological impairments. Technically, an accent is not a communication disorder.
5. Can I receive Medicare cover for English Pronunciation training with a speech pathologist?
Medicare rebates are not available for accent reduction training services. Voice Science is registered as a Medicare provider but you will only be eligible for Medicare rebates if you are referred to us via your General Practitioner under a Chronic Disease Management Plan. Medicare rebates are only eligible if you have been diagnosed with a speech, communication or swallowing disorder that has persisted, or is likely to persist, for at least 6 months. Read more about this program here.
6. Is it possible for my company or employer to cover payment of my English Pronunciation training?
Many employers assist in the payment of accent reduction training at Voice Science in order to develop their staff to better meet Key Performance Indicators, particularly in the areas of communication. Voice Science partners with companies to strengthen communication skills for their employees career success. We are able to provide information to your employer or recruiter about what types of accent and communication training we can implement to assist you in your career.
7. I really want to use Voice Science for my English pronunciation training but I don’t live in Melbourne. What can I do?
Voice Science assists clients all over Australia and globally to enhance their English communication. We provide accent reduction training that is individual and just as detailed as our in house accent reduction training programs through our web conferencing portal. See more information here.
8. If I sign up for an English Pronunciation Training Program at Voice Science, how long will it take for me to notice changes and progress in my communication?
Adjusting speech behaviours and patterns of speaking is a process. How long it takes for you to notice change in your accent or general communication depends on a few factors:
1) The degree of distance your current accent is from your final accent target (Standard Australian Accent, Neutral International Accent, General American Accent, Standard British accent).
2) Whether you create clear sounds in your first language. Some clients may present with a speech disorder or distortions in their first language. For these clients it can take more time for sounds to stabilise for their alternate languages.
3) Practice. One of the key predictors of speech change is how effectively and frequently you practice your accent and communication goals. At Voice Science, we will support you in developing a clear understanding of how to practice. This is one of our key interests for any client who commences training at Voice Science, especially since research evidence supports the impact of regular, drill based practice on speech change outcomes. We will create individual practice goals with you that are strategic.
9. I am worried about how to incorporate daily speech practice so that I can achieve my communication goals. How will I know how to practice?
We will write goals to improve your practice approach. Everyone comes from a different scholastic background. For most adults, the idea of daily practice can be very foreign. Sarah tries to share her knowledge about practice theory that she has obtained as a professional classical musician with all clients in order to support their engagement with a practice schedule. It can take some time to develop motivation and routine with practice. This is something that we encourage you to discuss openly and frankly with your speech pathologist so we can assist you to incorporate speech and communication practice into your daily routine.
10. Do you provide group English Pronunciation training sessions at Voice Science?
For accent to adjust it is important that each client receives training that is targeted to their current accent features and also communication needs. This is the reason why we do not offer group based accent training as every person will have different communication needs and accent traces. Your speech pathologist will require you to provide key information to be used throughout your treatment to develop goals that support your communication needs. This might involve the submission of work specific vocabulary, description of typical communication activities that you engage in, the provision of conference papers that you need to present etc. Providing this information will allow us to integrate and simulate real life communication tasks into your training so that we can address your sounds of English in words that you actually use. By focusing on individual 1-1 sessions we ensure our training is client centred, evidence-based and success driven.
11. Do I need to practice with audio samples? Does listening to the target accent help me create it?
In the early stages of training at Voice Science it is critical that a scientific method is applied to advance your learning. Listening to target sounds will not assist you in acquiring your target sounds so we do not allocate any audio material at the start of training. Home practice between your sessions will be designed with the core goal of you actively and carefully producing your target sounds. You will be instructed in the process of how to create your sound and monitor it’s accuracy as you produce it. Research shows that when a new sound is stabilised it is not beneficial for the participant to listen as it is easy to encounter a perception error. You will be more successful if you are shown how to produce a sound with the correct mechanics and actually sit and produce it rather than listen to it!
That being said, you will have access to a lot of audio samples in your Cadenza Practice Suite to keep you happy if you are the kind of person who likes listening to audio examples.
12. When are English Pronunciation Training sessions available at Voice Science?
We provide accent reduction training during business hours from Tuesdays to Fridays between 9am – 5pm AEST. The last session for each day is a 4pm session.
13. How do online sessions work?
We have worked successfully online with many clients since we started business in 2013. If you are wondering how online sessions work, you should definitely read this article we have written just for you!
14. How Many Sessions Do I Need?
The initial diagnostic assessment will investigate and rate your current accent against your future target. This assessment protocol will identify your production of all the sounds required for the accent of English that you wish to master. The speech pathologist will record and analyse the accent features phonetically and determine the degree of variance between your current speech patterns and your overall goal. This information is then used to forecast the number of sessions required to address your communication needs. Your current accent will be rated as Mild, Moderate or Pronounced against your overall accent target.
We usually recommend 15 sessions if you want a thorough insight into speaking skills for English, 10 sessions if you want a solid insight and 5 sessions if you want to add in some basics.
15. Are Practice Resources Included?
This is one of our favourite things at Voice Science- equipping our clients with incredible resources to take their goals forward. All accent program clients receive access to Cadenza- Your Personalised Pronunciation Practice Suite where you will find a massive amount of tools and tips to guide your daily practice.
Silver program clients get 5 weeks bonus access to the suite.
Gold program clients get 10 weeks bonus access to the suite.
Platinum program clients get 10 weeks bonus access to the suite.
Once your access expires you can easily move onto our monthly subscription program for $39 per month to stay connected to the suite.
16. Do You Have A Refund Policy?
Voice Science sessions are engaging, stimulating and a first-class experience for your communication. Since extensive planning and detail go into tailoring sessions for you, we do not extend any refunds on any of our services. We provide a top-tier service, if you are dissatisfied with anything we’ll work to make it right because we are committed to advocating for your communication comfort.
17. Do You Offer Pay Plans or Instalments for Programs?
Yes, we do.
Click on each program offering to see your payment options.
All programs have been priced with careful consideration and costing to ensure a premium service offered by an expert team. In accordance with Speech Pathology Australia’s guidelines no discounts are available.
Is English Pronunciation Confusing?
Sadly the beauty of English pronunciation is that it can feel like one big phonetic mystery…
And it is, it really is. This is the true nature of the English language- phonetic mystery.
There simply is not one hard and fast set of spelling rules to count on to decipher how to say all the things.
Progressing your Pronunciation and Communication skill is a long term goal
By now you must realise that mastering a language takes work. The same goes for improving your English speaking. It’s hard work. It’s also a new type of learning, motor learning. Motor learning relies on coordinating new speech movements. Regular, ongoing drill is necessary to make your muscle memory tight for recall when speaking daily and make the new speaking habits stick.
We are the last ones who will tell you there is a quick fix, magic trick to sharpening your communication.
You’ve got to make daily drill and practice as ritual as brushing your teeth.
We are here to show you how.
Our team will lead you by the hand and outline the core basics and beyond of English pronunciation.
We are trained in anatomy & physiology for speaking and voice, neurology, behavioural therapy theories & read loads of research into how adults learn sounds in their second language. We’ve got this… But you will have to work hard and use a strong growth mindset.
I know… it would be a beautiful thing if 1 consult with speech pathologist made it all better but, we are trained as communication scientists and the last thing we want to do is make up fairy tales for adults!
When you attend sessions at Voice Science, you are learning new skills to put into practice to progress your speaking.
Our team uses evidence based Speech Pathology methods to give you the low down on how your speaking can change for the better.
We can’t wait to work with you further
Our Speech pathologists are fully skilled in transcription of the International Phonetic Alphabet as well as the muscle movements of the speech apparatus. We know the nerves and muscles of speech intricately!
We will teach you to use phonetics & other technical applications to power up your English speaking.
We Love Pronunciation! We have been advocating for Communication Impact since 2013
Many non-native speakers opt to consult with our speech pathologists to reduce the impact of a foreign accent.
Accent reduction has been the heart and soul of our business since 2013. Accent modification is our passion as we fight by your side to show you how to practise and improve your English pronunciation. We are here to show you the posture of the mouth and voice for English speaking. We deliver powerful communication strategies for you to take your English speaking to the next level.
Our team are internationally minded. Our role is also to advocate for your communication participation so you can have impact across all the areas of your life that need your opinion and message to be expressed