Make your speech more powerful, expressive, compelling! Gain confidence and pride in your English!
- Are you tired of repeating yourself?
- Does your accent hold you back from career advancement? from social opportunities?
- Do you need coaching on your elevator pitch?
- Do you struggle with workplace interactions or business correspondence?
If you want to be EASIER TO UNDERSTAND, wish to FIT IN BETTER, or want to speak with MORE IMPACT, I can help you. You'll bring your pronunciation, rhythm, and intonation closer to General American English. You'll learn that sounding American is really about creating an American identity -- while keeping your original identity intact.
SPEAKING AND WRITING WITH STYLE
How can you make a conversation flow? Learn to choose the best words while avoiding common errors and cliches. Be fresh and original while projecting professionalism and confidence.
WORKPLACE AND SOCIAL INTERACTIONS
Do your interactions lead to unexpected, puzzling responses? What messages might you be sending through body language or word choice? As an experienced cultural mediator, I can help you address issues of intercultural awareness. Together we'll identify and replace culturally unhelpful behavior patterns with better ones.
Verbal tics—you know those mannerisms like 'um' and 'you know' that many of us have but scarcely even notice. Well, other people notice them! I'll help you identify and reduce or even eliminate verbal tics.
PRESENTATIONS AND ELEVATOR PITCH
Don't be that dull presenter whom people dread having to go hear! Learn how to connect with your audience. Explore every aspect of your presentation including content, organization, wording choices, expression, and body language. The aim is to arrive at an integrated presentation where content, motives, and delivery all combine with impact.
Crack the code of academic text and gain control over your academic writing. I use the new Semantic Waves framework. I also teach Anglo-American rhetorical style (getting to the point).
Finally, more and more people are asking for
CONVERSATION PRACTICE and TARGETED GRAMMAR INSTRUCTION
... either as separate classes or alongside work in the other skill areas.
I'm bilingual French/English with English as my first language. I have advanced proficiency in American Sign Language and basic proficiency in Russian. My teaching certifications are in ESL, French, and instructional technology. I'm a seasoned teacher of more than a few years. My background in linguistics, speech communication, and the Lessac system of speech and voice dynamics gives me a powerful set of tools to address listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The Lessac approach, based on feeling sensation and vibration rather than hearing sound, is especially suited to improving clarity, expressiveness, and presence.
This is about learning to produce the sounds of a new language and remembering what you learned. You want these skills to last--to become automatic--and my framework helps make that happen.
My clients are local and international academics and professionals. They come from many fields: business, finance, government, journalism, law enforcement, medicine, music, philanthropy, and technology. They're from Central and South America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, South Asia, Central Asia, East Asia--all over the world.
Lessons can be face to face or online. Teaching is systematic and rigorous, with attention paid to detail. I teach practical, ready-to-use skills. I'm patient and teach with a theatrical flair--so lessons are fun! My students invariably report increased confidence and more fluid communication. Many of them have received job offers or gotten promotions as a result of skills which they attribute to their work with me.
So please be assured that you'll be held to HIGH STANDARDS.
I also offer on-site group instruction.
Please reply with details about your language concerns. Tell me about your goals, and I'll follow up with you as quickly as possible. I look forward to hearing from you!
do NOT contact me with unsolicited services or offers