Resources for Improving Your American English


WASP free program for speech analysis

Provided by University College London. When an American speaks, their voice goes up and down in inflection/pitch. Use this resource to record yourself. Practice until you mirror the pitch/inflection of an American speaker.

ELSA Pronunciation Coach - Application of Android or Apple phones

ELSA - which stand for English Language Speech Assistant - is an APP free to download to help non-native English speakers learn the language based on their pronunciation.


Watch all their free video lessons and use all basic membership features for free.

Listen to Ted talks to hear outstanding American speakers and thinkers.


Use the top 100 speeches to listen to American speakers.

Adastra Speech Resources

Dr. Christi Barb's website has great resources, including StoryCorps and EnglishCentral, as she is a speech-language pathologist specializing in foreign accent modification.  She frequently guest-teaches workshops at Northeastern for International students.  Check the Career Development calendar for dates and times.

Global Student Success
Free resources and programming available for undergraduate and graduate students include:

  • International Tutoring Center: Tutors provide high-quality ESL writing instruction and tutoring for international students who need assistance with papers, assignments, TOEFL writing, and research projects. Students can meet one-on-one with an ESL tutor for 50-minute appointments.
  • Language and Culture Workshops: The language workshops are for international students looking to improve their reading, writing, and listening skills. The culture workshops help international students understand American culture better and operate more successfully as university students in the U.S.
  • Volunteer Team Leader (VTL) Program: Students provide community service while strengthening their leadership skills, building resume experience, and improving their English skills.
  • Speaking English Q&A Workshops: Students can bring questions about speaking English and get answers, feedback, and practice with pronunciation, idioms, and slang. No appointment or registration is needed for these workshops.
  • Listening and Speaking Classes: These classes provide listening and speaking practice for students to improve their pronunciation, listening and speaking skills. Each class (general practice and business case) meets two times a week during the CPS semester. Students must register: classes do not carry academic credit.

Participate in NU Student Organizations
Northeastern has hundreds of student groups of many types. Joining an interest-focused student organization will put you in contact with American students speaking everyday American English, and provide you with opportunities to speak and interact in an informal setting.



Voice and Articulation
Course Number: COMM 2312
Open to All NU students. Please see the catalog for exact course times/days.

Public Speaking
Course Number: COMM 1112
Open to All NU students. Please see the catalog for exact course times/days.

The Speech-Language and Hearing Center of Northeastern University, Beharkis Health Services, Suite 503
Services include:

  • ACT NOW (Accent and Communication Training) (individual and group settings)
  • Speaker Anxiety
  • Assessment and Treatment of Fluency Disorders. ESL services.

If you have a good understanding of English grammar and vocabulary but have difficulty being easily understood because of your accent, the Speech-Language and Hearing Center at Northeastern University provides accent modification training and a variety of other services to enhance communication success. For further information, about cost and availability please call 617-373-2492 or contact Sarah Young-Hong, Director, Speech-Language Pathology, 617-373-3046,


The YMCA International Learning Center
316 Huntington Avenue, Lower Level
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617.927.8244
Free English Classes in Boston and in other select communities

For Boston Residents only:

  • The main library and its branches offer free English Conversation Groups and other English learning opportunities. Obtain a Boston Public Library card to utilize this opportunity.
  • Auralog is a language learning software program available through the Boston Public Library online, and can be found under Electronic Resources on the web page.
    American English is one of the languages listed.

Libraries in other nearby cities

  • The public libraries in many cities offer free English as a Second Language (ESL) groups. IF you live in the city, you can get a public library card for free. Google the public library of the city you live in to find its locations. Many cities offer weekly ESL groups.
  • On the library website, look for Library Resources, which will list other services you can access. Mango is a language learning program that you can utilize via your computer at home. It is available through the Somerville Public Library and other libraries.


These language school programs are fee-based and NOT part of Northeastern University. Many of these programs are for students who have not yet passed the TOEFL, although they may also have programs for others who wish to improve their English speaking skills.

Kaplan International
Phone: 1-800-818-9128
Several locations are available

The Boston Language Institute
Phone: 617.262.3500
648 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02215

Berlitz Language Center
Phone: 1-866-423-7548
437 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116-3330

EC Boston
Phone: 1.617.247.3033
1 Faneuil Hall Square
Boston, MA 02109

ASC English
Phone: 1.617.338.5288
65 Harrison Ave. 6th Floor Boston, MA 02111
*Also located at 1106 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215, Tel 617-730-3705 or 617-730-3706