ACCENT MODIFICATION & ELOCUTION

‘It is a widely known and increasingly well-explored fact that accent has an impact on how an individual is perceived by others, and therefore on the way in which others treat them.’

(Snéha Khilay, founder of the Blue Tulip Training, specialising in cultural diversity.)

WHY DO WE ALL HAVE AN ACCENT?

Our accent is deeply rooted in our mother tongue, the way we picked up sounds around us as a child, and the way our articulators moulded these sounds throughout our lives. Our accent is a deep part of our culture and identity and should be embraced and valued as such. However, speaking English as a second language and remaining clear and confident in all situations can be a challenging task. 

WHY SHOULD I SOFTEN MY ACCENT?

You may have an excellent understanding of English and yet feel frustrated at times when your colleagues or friends don’t understand your pronunciation. 

  • You may feel that you’re not always confident in professional situations to express your ideas and become fully part of the conversation. 

  • You may perceive that people make occasional judgements on your competence and communication due to your accent patterns, and that this might lead you to missing opportunities.

 

If any of the above applies to you, you may want to seek help in order to clarify your pronunciation and get more consistent and confident at communicating in English.

 

HOW WILL I SHIFT MY ACCENT?

Speaking is a physical activity. Changing your accent is like taking your articulators (jaw, tongue, palate) to the gym and stretching them into new directions. It’s exciting, at times challenging, but always extremely rewarding.

 

Practising is key: you will only get back what you put in!

 

HOW DOES IT WORK PRACTICALLY?

The training is based on proven strategies that I use daily with my clients to help them master Received Pronunciation (the global standard in UK English Pronunciation). Each class is one hour long and is recorded so that you can assess the sounds you work on and measure your improvement over the sessions.

 

METHODOLOGY

Physical and aural awareness of the features of your accent that need shifting to the targeted accent

  • Work on the physicality of your articulators, how they affect your speech patterns and how to retrain them to model English sounds

  • Review of all the vowel sounds of English RP

  • Review of all the consonants of English RP

  • Work on the rhythm and the intonation of English RP

  • Applying your new skills to text and conversation to gain full speech confidence

  • Exercises and homework provided to practice at home between the sessions

Available as individual coaching or group classes,

in person or through Skype

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