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Accent Modification Evaluations (AME)

“Helping you succeed when your academic and professional future depends on your spoken English skills"    


The AME is given only on Thursdays from 10 a.m.-10:50 a.m. or 11 a.m.-11:50 a.m.

There are TWO sessions needed for an accent modification evaluation. The two sessions are NOT in the ESOL office. Come to the ISU Speech and Hearing Clinic (Building #68 on the campus map) in the Life Science Complex on upper campus next to Turner Hall and across from Portneuf Medical Center. You will be met in the waiting room to the right of the entrance.


Who benefits from the AME?

This assessment is useful for non-native speakers of English whose academic and professional success require excellent speaking skills. Those who are in medical, scientific, business and educational professions and those who wish to be Teaching Assistants working closely with Americans, benefit the most from this experience.


Who conducts the AME?

Graduate students in Speech, Language Pathology in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Education of the Deaf, under the supervision of Janene Willer, Clinical Associate Professor, along with ESOL Instructor, Sue Akersten, meet with you privately for two sessions. You will receive a detailed written report on your spoken English skills, identifying strengths and problems, with practical suggestions for improvement.


What do you have to do?

1. Fill out the student background information form and return to the ESOL office.

2. Record a brief audio tape interview (2-3 minutes) at a meeting with ESOL staff.

3. Schedule an AME time and date. (Two Thursday sessions, at 10 am or 11 am)

    Session #1: You will provide information and data and also have a hearing test.

    Session #2: You will receive a written outline of the results and recommendations based on the analysis of assessment results to be followed by a detailed written report in the mail.

4. Select a follow-up option:

    Serious problems: Speech clinic option/fee based on income/6 to 8 sessions

    Modest problems: ESOL assistance in the Student Success Center--no fee/4 to 6 sessions

    Mild problems: ESOL assistance in the Student Success Center/3 sessions

    Re-assessment: Every 4 to 6 months to check on progress and changes

5. Agree to cancel only in the case of emergency and to inform Sue Akersten at 282-3662 (office) at least 48 hours in advance of any conflict.


What is the fee?

The fee pays for your testing materials, technology support and photocopies needed for your evaluation and final report. The clinical team assisting you is NOT paid. ISU students selected for this service pay a reduced fee of $12.50 per session or $25 total. Ask about applying for a fee waiver; it is possible that you are eligible for 1/2 price reduction. Sorry, no credit cards accepted.