Arcos Institute
Pillars for effective cross-linguistic communication


Lifelong learning for medical interpreters, educational interpreters, social service interpreters, court interpreters... and other community interpreters! *Pre-approved CE Credits*

Accent Reduction for Interpreters (FALL 2017)

Accent Reduction for Interpreters (FALL 2017)

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Pronunciation training helps you enunciate clearly. It also enhances your listening abilities and increases your confidence. Keep the beauty of your personal accent and work on what gets in the way of understanding and being understood. This training breaks down American English sounds for you. During each class, you will learn the positioning of major vowels and consonants. Between classes, you will practice in the privacy of your home to come ready to class for the next challenge. In addition to major American English sounds, this class covers rules of intonation - the rhythm of speech. Whether you want to neutralize your accent or take your fluency to the next level, this pronunciation training will improve the clarity of your speech.


This course involves classroom instruction and home practice. The class meets every week for 90-minute sessions. Between sessions, you will have access to online videos, diagrams, and quizzes that will get you ready for the next level. 20 minutes every other day will take you far! The contents of the class can be classified into three major subjects: consonants, vowels and intonation.


  • American changes to the T sound, when T sounds like D; the stopped T; silent T's.
  • R and L Sounds; articulation of R in different positions; RL ending; subtle points on the American L sound.
  • F and V sounds; vibrating and non-vibrating TH sounds; S and Z sounds.


  • The 5 sounds of A.
  • The schwa sound (the neutral sound of u as in up which has many spellings).
  • The I sounds: differentiate three short and quick I sounds.
  • The O sounds: diphthongs and single vowel sounds.
  • The U sounds: the relaxed U as in book, the long U.


  • How to create stress within words and how to stress words in sentences.
  • When to pause between phrases and reduce small, unimportant words to sound like a native speaker.
  • How to speak smoothly: ways that native speakers flow from one sound to the next.
  • Differences between formal and casual speech.



Erica Pedersen specializes in teaching advanced English language skills to professionals. To meet the challenge of teaching English to preliterate refugee students, she incorporated phonetic songs into her daily classes in 2005, and this inspired her studies in pronunciation training. Since 2009, she has taught pronunciation classes at the University of Washington, and tutored software programmers and medical practitioners. Over the years, she has helped hundreds of professionals from over thirty countries to neutralize their accents by understanding sounds, developing listening abilities, and practicing both formal and casual intonation. Her students have passed the TOEFL speaking test, passed the USMLE interview, achieved their first professional jobs, and gained promotions to executive positions. 


Impact Hub Seattle - 220 2nd Ave S Seattle WA 98104


This building is located within blocks of most King County transit lines (bus, light rail and train) and has bike parking available in the basement. More information on location and parking can be found here.


Monday evenings, every week: October 23rd, October 30th, November 6th, November 13th and November 20th. From 6pm to 7.30pm.


To register for this course, simply click on the purchase button above. 

Early bird registration. Use the following discount code when registering before September 20th: RIW6GDL.


WA DSHS: 7.5 continuing education credits have been pre-approved. 

WA AOC: 7.5 continuing education points have been pre-approved.


You may also be interested in the training Voice Care for Interpreters. Follow the link for details.