Small Intensive Accent Modification Classes
Portland, Oregon Area
Dynamic, unique class to improve your communication skills
● 10 classes, each two hours, one night a week
● Only five students
● Learn correct pronunciation of every sound in American English
● Learn little-known pronunciation rules
● Learn American English melody, optimal speech rate, and volume
- Constant, direct instruction with feedback for each student
- Recorded conversation with review
- Conversation with immediate feedback
- Reading aloud
- Work conversations and presentations
Outside of Class
Individualized homework assignments
Practice with extensive audio and visual materials
Improve pronunciation of work, personal, problem and common words
Advance My Career
“I work hard and feel like I’m really good at what I do. But to advance in my career I need to have good communication skills. This class was certainly as practical as any college or continuing education class. I loved it when after the class I was told I was speaking better – from people who didn’t know I took a class!”
Native Language: French
Classes start every 3-4 months, contact us for the current schedule.
Contact me! Send me an email through the website, call, or email directly. To register you only have to let me know you’d like a spot saved in a class.
Usually a few weeks before the class, when the class is full. Payment can be made by credit card, cash, or check.
Everything is included in your class, including all materials. The only thing that is additional is the optional Communication Assessment, which is testing and a report completed before and after your class.
At my offices – see below!
All the students understand and speak English well and are professionals working in the US or students. All are non-native English speakers who may speak with different accents. All are learning the same sounds as you and will have difficulty with some of the exact same sounds as you do.
Many students may miss one or two classes. Absences scheduled in advance and classes missed due to illness and/or other significant circumstances can be made up by watching a video recording of your missed class and meeting with me to make up what you missed.
Unexcused absences or absences for other reasons will not be made up.
Please note that once paid, tuition is non-refundable.
“I’m speaking more clearly when lecturing and slowing down, it’s really helped!”
– Umit Ogras, Assistant Professor School of Electrical Engineering
Arizona State University
Yes, I’ve taught onsite classes at companies for as few as two students and as many as 40. Contact me!
For the latest class tuition rates, please contact me!
It depends on your company! But I’ve had many companies send their employees to this class and their company has paid or reimbursed their tuition.
If you’d like me to provide supporting documentation, speak with your employer, or help in any way – just let me know!
No, typically insurance does not pay for this type of training, as it’s not a medical condition.
Yes! I’ve NEVER had a student not improve. It’s impossible to specify the degree to which you’ll improve, but remember that you’ll be improving in multiple areas – your intonation, speech volume and rate of speech, and pronunciation – which, when added together, will be noticeable!
Let’s talk! I can provide you with as much information as you need and answer as many questions as you may have about the class.
Typically I ask students to practice 30 minutes a day for the first few weeks. This will decrease as the class progresses and your homework will shift to using your improved speech skills in conversations outside of the class – implementing what you’ve learned.
Likely, depending on the degree of your accent before you started the class. For students with minimal accents, this could be an achievable goal. But for most students, the goal of the class is to reduce the amount of effort that listeners need to exert to process what you’re saying. This is accomplished by teaching you to speak in a way that is most similar to what your listener is most used to hearing.