About the Director

Laura Larsen-Stevovich, M.A., CCC-SLP, is the director and primary instructor of Accent on Accent. Laura is a nationally certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She earned her Masters of Science degree from the University of South Florida in 1995. She holds a Certificate of Clinical competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association, and is licensed and currently practicing in the state of Massachusetts. In addition, Laura has completed trainings in Accent Reduction with recognized Accent Reduction specialists including: Arthur Compton (Compton P-ESL Program), Lorna Sikorski (LSD and Associates), Elizabeth Peterson (Accent Reduction 101) and Sam Chwat (Accent Elimination for Speech Therapists).

Laura received a CTEFL (Certificate for Teaching English as a Foreign Language) from the Worldwide Teachers Development Institute in 2000. She has been an instructor of English as a Second Language for 11 years and has taught in a variety of settings. Her experience in the workplace includes instructing at U.Mass Memorial Hospital, Ken’s Foods, and Dunkin’ Donuts. She has also taught Accent Reduction at the University of South Florida, Framingham State College and Quinsigamond Community College. Laura has offered Accent Reduction classes to employees of businesses in the Worcester area at Quinsigamond Community College’s City Square site in downtown Worcester.

Laura has presented numerous workshops on Accent Reduction and Pronunciation. In 2005, she was invited to present a seminar in Accent Reduction for the employees of U.Mass Memorial. She presented a workshop on Pronunciation to Massachussetts educators at the Best Practices Showcase conference in April of 2007. Laura offered a 2-day Pronunciation Institute for Massachusetts educators through SABES (System for Basic Adult Education) in June of 2007. She is now a regular presenter, specializing in Accent Reduction/Pronunciation through SABES, an agency which provides training and support to instructors of Adult Basic Education.



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