Accent Reduction Coaching

Speaking English Clearly for Non-Native Speakers of English

Speaking English Clearly is an accent reduction and accent modification program to help global professionals pronounce the sounds of English correctly.  Many global professionals have a strong grasp of the English language, but heavy accents may interfere with their ability to be clearly understood when communicating crucial information. While they do not need to get rid of their accents, their roles require their spoken English  to be easily understood by clients, customers, and co-workers.

Results of the Speaking English Clearly Training

  • Allows the foreign-born professional to be more easily understood.
  • Increases self-confidence to share expertise and take charge when opportunities arise.
  • Improves his acceptance as an “insider” and a respected colleague who is easily engaged in conversation.
  • Increases his value to the company, clients, and customers.

Customized Accent Reduction Programs for Individuals

Individual coaching for accent reduction or accent modification often lasts for 8 or 12 one-hour private sessions. Sandra identifies 10 to 15 specific sounds of English that the foreign-born professional is not pronouncing correctly. She teaches the client how to articulate those sounds, helps the client practice the sounds while speaking English and uses industry specific material to make sure they can pronounce words common to the client’s profession. Sessions are often scheduled every two to four weeks to allow the client to practice and integrate new sounds into their daily speech. Sessions may also be done by telephone or video conferencing from anywhere in the world.

Customized Accent Reduction Programs for Small Groups

Customized Accent Reduction programs are offered in small groups of 4 to 8 participants at the clients’ location. Participants learn to pronounce the sounds of English that help them be more easily understood when speaking English. For example Asians typically need to learn the consonant sounds of L, R, V, W, N, NG and TH and certain neutral vowels that Americanize their pronunciation. Sandra teaches participants to use their teeth, tongue and lips to form these sounds correctly. They practice in words, sentences, reading aloud. They also practice to integrate the sounds into their daily speech.

If you would like to organize a small group of 4-8 colleagues from your company, organization, or friends, Sandra can tailor a 4-session program specifically customized for your group.

Group classes for corporate employees can be developed to suit the needs of the organization. Groups are most effective when limited to a maximum of 8 people. Sandra identifies the sounds of English that participants are not pronouncing correctly. She teaches participants proper articulation which is positioning of tongue, teeth, and lips, for correct pronunciation. Industry specific terms are used for practicing correct pronunciation.

Individual sessions may also be done via Skype or Zoom from anywhere in the world.

About Sandra Zimmer

Sandra Zimmer has coached thousands of professionals for public speaking and for overcoming fear of public speaking. Sandra suffered terrible stage fright, but she had the right set of training and experiences to figure out how to transform public speaking anxiety into radiant presence and confidence to speak from the flow state. She brings her training in psychology, acting and directing, meditation, spiritual psychology and voice to help you shine when you speak.
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