Online training software for individual study
Improve your pronunciation and fluency in the comfort of your own home.
Developed at Carnegie Mellon University's Language Technologies Institute, NativeAccent™ Speech Training software provides individualized language instruction that is accessible online from any computer with an Internet connection, headset, and Adobe Flash enabled browser, or through the University's MultiMedia Learning Center (MMLC).
Please note that all of our services, including NativeAccent™ online software, are now offered as non-credit courses. NativeAccent is offered as Linguistics 483: NativeAccent Online Speech Training Software, and will appear under that title on student transcripts. The possible grades for the course are "satisfactory" and "unsatisfactory". Although students will receive a grade, the grade will not affect GPA. Because these courses carry zero-credit, they will also not affect student courseloads. Non-students, including faculty, postdocs, staff, and visiting scholars, will be registered unofficially as auditors. Both students and staff/scholars must register for services through English Language programs.
In addition to the required online work, users may also attend optional weekly drop-in sessions with an instructor, and well as specialized workshops on specific features of English pronuniciation and fluency offered 2-3 times per quarter. These sessions are completely optional for students who wish to receive additional help.
To use the software, students and scholars must sign up using our online forms. Links to the online application forms will be posted on our registration page starting on the first day of the quarter for students and scholars of The Graduate School (PhDs, postdocs, and TGS masters students), and on a week later for students in a professional masters program, faculty, staff, visiting scholars, and all other Northwestern affiliates. See our Registration Page for more information on eligibility and procedures for applying for an account.
Once a student has signed up successfully, he or she will receive a syllabus and further directions, including the ability to schedule a face-to-face orientation session.