An “accent” or “dialect” refers to the manner in which certain sounds are created/pronounced, coupled with the intonation and stress patterns of a person’s speech. Whether noticeable or subtle, everyone has an accent! An accent is usually a clue as to where the speaker was born or where the speaker has spent a great deal of time. Some people find their ability to fully express themselves limited by their accent and seek a sound they feel is more “neutral” or clear to the listeners of the language they are speaking.
With accent reduction, you will learn how to produce a neutral, Standard American Dialect. Do not think of this as replacing your natural accent; rather, it will be an additional skill to use to your advantage. The end goal is not to standardize your speech, but to equip you with the tools necessary to express yourself as you feel most comfortable.