This course is designed for non-native speakers of English who have a mild accent and Americans who want to modify a regional accent.
The Speaking Your Best 7-week accent reduction course begins with an in-depth speech assessment conducted using either Skype or Face Time, which takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. During your evaluation, you will complete several speaking tasks, which will be used to pinpoint specific areas of weakness. This is also the time for you to indicate what your goals are, as Speaking Your Best wants you to master the skills most important for you as well!
Classes are held once a week for one hour, either on Skype or Face Time. You choose the day and time that is most convenient for you. Scheduling is flexible! If you need to cancel a class because of a meeting or other obligation, re-schedule your class to a different day and time. Just let your instructor know ahead of time.
Tuition fees are very reasonable and include access to Speaking Your Best Online, weekly correspondence in between classes and final evaluation to document your improvement. The initial speech evaluation is not included in the price of your course.
Examples of areas that have been addresssed with previous clients include the following. Please note that this is not a complete list. Classes may address any aspect of communication, specifically designed for your needs and goals.
pronunciation of accented sounds
using an appropriate speaking rate in all speaking situations
making your voice heard
mastery of basic grammar skills
American English stressing and intonation patterns
common American English expressions and idioms
social conversational skills: for example, making introductions, what to say to new people, making conversations
facilitating a business conference call
delivery of presentations
how to speak tactfully and diplomatically
understanding the American culture in the workplace