What we're about
Portland Oregon Accent Modification Accent Reduction American English Pronunciation Speaking Speech Speech-Language Pathology Speech Sounds Communication Skills Classes
Welcome to Accent Modification and Accent Reduction in Portland Oregon!
Welcome to our group! Accent Modification Portland is a 100% free-to-join social and educational group started by 2011 by Darren J. Packard M.S., CCC/SLP nationally certified speech-language pathologist specializing in accent modification and communication training.
American English pronunciation, American English melody (also know as intonation), speech rate, speech volume, and non-verbal language to improve your ability to speak American English in conversations, when interviewing, giving presentations, or participating in meetings. Anything that will improve how you communicate!
Our Group Members
Group members are persons from throughout the world who speak English as a non-native language. Members are usually professionals or students who have an adequate use of the English language (reading, writing, and understanding) but would like to improve how they speak and 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 (although I do ask for donations to support the group) or at minimal cost. One of our most popular events is a monthly seminar. In this event, we socialize before participating in an 1.5-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 - anything that improves how you speak! The content of the free seminars is exactly the same that is provided in the accent modification training courses I provide for companies, classes, individual students, and universities – only it is free for group members!
I'm Darren J. Packard, MS, CCC/SLP a speech-language pathologist who specializes in accent modification and communication training. I'm an active member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and an Oregon licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. I have over 20,000 hours and 18 years of experience training people in accent modification and communication skills. I've been on faculty as an adjunct lecturer at Portland State University, am currently an adjunct faculty for Portland Community College, and have taught classes for Pacific University. Feel free to view my work and educational history and experience on LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/pub/darren-packard/.. (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/darren-packard/48/73a/ba2)
Packard Communications Private Training Courses
Through my company Packard Communications I provide comprehensive communication evaluations (including your pronunciation and melody), "Small, Intensive Accent Modification Classes," 1:1 accent modification training, and online training throughout the world. To find out more please visit my website: https://packardcommunications.com/
Facebook and Twitter
I frequently post information about new classes and resources that are extremely helpful to non-native English speakers who would like to improve their communication skills. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter for more information: https://www.facebook.com/PackardCommunications/ https://twitter.com/PackardCommun
Free American English Professional Communication Skills Meetup Group
I also have a Meetup.com group dedicated to improving the professional communication skills of non-native English speakers. We have free monthly training sessions focused on improving your ability to give presentations, participate in meetings, interview, use business idioms. and have 1:1 work conversations. For more information or to join this group go to https://www.meetup.com/Communication-Skills-for-Non-Native-English-Professionals/
YouTube American English Pronunciation Video Channel "Sounds American"
In addition to all the above (whew!) I also have a Youtube channel, where you can find excellent videos with detailed instructions and visuals to learn to better "hear" and pronounce most of the sounds in American English. The channel is called "Sounds American" and I write and record the videos. Check them out! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-MSYk9R94F3TMuKAnQ7dDg
Have questions? Please feel free, I'm always happy to help!
Darren J. Packard, M.S., CCC/SLP. Packard Communications. 503-201-3008. email@example.com http://www.packardcommunications.com 1815 SW Marlow Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97225