Welcome to Accent Reduction Portland!
Welcome to our group! Accent Reduction Portland is a 100% free-to-join social and educational group started by 2011 by a nationally certified speech language pathologist specializing in accent modification and communication training.
Our Group Members
Our members are persons from throughout the world who speak English as a non-native language. Members are professionals or students who have an adequate use of the English language but would like to improve how they communicate using American English. We are a fun and welcoming group that likes to have a good time while learning how to speak more effectively and with confidence!
We have events every month. Most of our events are free or at minimal cost. One of our most popular events is a monthly seminar. At this event we socialize before participating in an hour long training in areas such as American English pronunciation (vowel and consonant sounds), rules for conversational pronunciation, speech rate, speech volume, non-verbal language, presentation skills, and interview skills. The content of the free seminars is exactly the same that is provided in accent reduction training courses for companies, classes, individual students, and universities – only it is free to group members. To find out what our members think of the group go to:
This group was founded and is managed by Darren J. Packard, MS, CCC/SLP a speech-language pathologist who specializes in accent reduction and communication training. He is an active member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is an Oregon licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. He has over 17,000 hours and 15 years of experience training people in accent reduction and communication skills, is currently faculty as an adjunct lecturer at Portland State University, faculty for Portland Community College, and teaches classes for Pacific University. For more information please visit LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/pub/darren-packard/...
Private Training and “Small, Intensive Classes”
Packard Communications, which was founded in 2002 by Darren J. Packard M.S.,CCC/SLP, is a company providing accent reduction and communication skills training in the Portland, Oregon area and throughout the world via live, online web-based training. They offer speech-language evaluations (“Communication Assessments”), 1:1 private training, and “Small, Intensive Accent Reduction Training Classes”. For more information visit: http://www.packardcommunications.com/
Free Accent Reduction Resources
For links to community and web-based free accent reduction resources please visit: