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The resources on this page are items to be used as part of our screening process and accent training. Feel free to print out the narratives for speaking practice.

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January 20, 2019

Using your Voice Recorder and a microphone for optimal clarity, please answer the below questions. Say each word 1x then again in a short sentence. Read the Jack London story in your normal speaking rate. Send this voice recording to us via "contact us" tab. We will review your speech production accents prior to our first scheduled session to improve the quality of our first scheduled appointment.  


Accent Screening Questions

●How would you rate your pronunciation of English?

●Stimulus Word Responses: Say each word one time; then say each word in a sentence.

  1. Third          /Ө/      /ɝ/       /ɖ/

  2. Snake         /sn/      /e/       /k/

  3. Clown        /kl/      /au/     /n/

  4. For             /f/        /oɚ/

  5. Spring        /spr/    /I/        /ɳ/

  6. Shoes         /ʃ/        /u/       /z/

  7. Blocks        /bl/      /a/       /ks/

  8. Zipper        /z/        /I/        /ɚ/

  9. Judge         /ʤ/      /Λ/       /ʤ/

  10. Witch         /w/      /I/        /ʧ/

  11. Teeth         /t/        /i/        /Ө/

  12. Skate         /sk/      /e/       /t/

  13. Chair         /ʧ/       /eɚ/

  14. Crib           /kr/      /I/        /b/

  15. Ring           /r/        /I/        /ɳ/

  16. Read the following story in your normal speaking rate:

Jack London


A little over seventy years ago a hobo drifted into Buffalo on a freight train. When he arrived, he began to beg for food by going from door to door. A police officer stopped him for vagrancy and a judge sentenced him to thirty days of hard labor in prison.

●What are your primary concerns?

THE RAINBOW PASSAGE

January 20, 2019

Rainbow Passage


When the sunlight strikes raindrops in the air, they act like a prism and form a rainbow. The rainbow is a division of white light into many beautiful colors. These take the shape of a long round arch, with its path high above, and its two ends apparently beyond the horizon. There is, according to legend, a boiling pot of gold at one end. People look, but no one ever finds it. When a man looks for something beyond his reach, his friends say he is looking for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.


The Rainbow Passage, a public-domain text, can be found on page 127 of the 2nd edition of Grant Fairbanks’ Voice and Articulation Drillbook. New York: Harper & Row.

THE GRANDFATHER PASSAGE

January 20, 2019

The Grandfather Passage
You wished to know all about my grandfather. Well, he is nearly ninety-three years old. He dresses himself in an ancient black frock coat, usually minus several buttons; yet he still thinks as swiftly as ever. A long, flowing beard clings to his chin, giving those who observe him a pronounced feeling of the utmost respect. When he speaks his voice is just a bit cracked and quivers a trifle. Twice each day he plays skillfully and with zest upon our small organ. Except in the winter when the ooze or snow or ice prevents, he slowly takes a short walk in the open air each day. We have often urged him to walk more and smoke less, but he always answers, “Banana Oil!” Grandfather likes to be modern in his language.