Above all, accent reduction classes are designed to help you feel confident and communicate clearly. Therefore, they can be considered the last step towards native proficiency in your English language education. It is often the case that people want to soften their accent purely to speak completely understandably all the time. To clarify, the goal is not to sound exactly native but instead, close enough to native that communication is effortless. So, all courses of training offered are tailored to each person’s individual needs. I am happy to work towards whatever goals you specify for yourself and want you to be able to celebrate your identity while communicating effectively too.
Accent reduction classes for native English speakers with regional accents can help you to find clarity and confidence in speech in all situations. Importantly, all accents are wonderful and should be celebrated. I grew up with a Nottingham accent because I was born born and raised there. As a result, I have access to that part of my voice but naturally sit with a Standard Southern English dialect nowadays. Therefore, I can completely empathise with the identity issues arising from judgemental views on accents. However, I also understand how frustrating it can be to be regularly misunderstood, misheard or asked to repeat yourself. In short, I possess the sensitivity and personal experience to find tailored solutions to your specific communicative issues.
An interesting article on the subject of accent reduction training can be found here and is worth a read.
If you are an actor looking to learn an accent to increase your employability or help with a current job or a director or producer looking for group coaching for a cast, I can help. I have experience coaching the following accents:
– Standard Southern British
– Received Pronunciation
– Regional UK Accents
– General American
– Midwestern American
– Southern American
As an accent coach, I have worked on west end productions, in film and television and with high profile private clients.
Typically, to achieve a strong sense of improvement, I recommend taking 10 one hour coaching sessions on a weekly basis. However, I do take single bookings as well. All enquiries are welcome.
Via Skype, Zoom or Google Hangouts
London, Hampstead (NW3 2QX)