NativeAccent for Students: 00 - Getting Started

The Curriculum:

NativeAccent assesses your spoken English skills, and the Intelligent Tutor program selects topics and exercises that will help you to rapidly improve your spoken English skills.

Your Study Habits

There is a DIRECT relationship between time-on-task and improvement.  Study 30-45 minutes per day 5 days per week to gain maximum benefit from using NativeAccent. 2 ½ hours one day a week is not effective. 

Technology

A computer with Windows 7,8 or 10 or Mac OSX, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Apple Safari browser and USB Headset with a noise-canceling microphone. The built-in microphone on a notebook computer will not work reliably.  iPad and Android devices are not supported at this time.

Setting the computer Sound Properties

The hardware sound properties are set before the soft settings.

Setting up the sound properties in Windows

Setting up the sound properties in Mac OSX

Logging into NativeAccent

Go to the NativeAccent web portal at http://nativeaccent3.carnegiespeech.com and enter the username and password for your account.

The User Registration Process

The first time you log into NativeAccent you will need to

  • accept the site policy agreement

  • select a new username and password

  • complete the required information on the student registration page

Adobe Flash: NativeAccent uses the Adobe Flash player browser plugin to manage the microphone volume.  Follow the setup guide for your browser.

The System Check

This is the MOST IMPORTANT step to ensure your successful assessment and training experience.  Follow this guide to finalize your sound settings in Adobe Flash

  1. In Privacy Settings check ALLOW and REMEMBER (both).  If this machine does not have desktop security, the browser will remember these settings.  If you are in a lab or LRC you may have to do the system check every time you enter NativeAccent.

  2. Detailed guides on setting up the microphone for Windows and Mac computers are available at https://support.carnegiespeech.com/kb/section/7/.  

Complete the system check by recording the sentence on the right of the screen.

Secrets of Success:

Place microphone about 2 finger widths from and slightly below your mouth. This will ensure that the microphone picks up the soft sounds without distortion caused by your breath.  Speak into the microphone as if you are talking to a friend.  Not too loud, not too soft.

Review the course outline and Click the “Get Started” button

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