words: “I didn’t understand you”
Be understood. It’s just 13 weeks away!
You’ve been learning and speaking English for a few years. You read English books, you watch English television, listen to English music, watch YouTube Videos about English pronunciation, and have maybe even taken self-directed online courses to try and help improve your American English pronunciation.
BUT…you’re still being asked, “Could you repeat that?”…or…”I didn’t understand, could you say that again?” This is both ANNOYING and FRUSTRATING! You’ve done your best. You’ve put in the time and effort but, just aren’t seeing the results you want.
You want to be able to order your morning coffee without a hassle, have conversations with new people and be understood right away, give a presentation at school or work that doesn’t result in glazed over eyes and confused looks.
Maybe, most importantly, you want to stop feeling like your private relationships or work prospects are being affected because of your English pronunciation.
Imagine a life where your accent no longer felt like a handicap. Imagine what it would be like to clearly pronounce words so that everyone understood what you were saying…the FIRST time! It’s in your power to change; you just need a little help.
Have you ever wondered why you’re not improving on your own by practicing and repeating the English you hear around you? One of the many reasons is because you cannot fix sounds that you cannot hear and distinguish!
Just as important, it is extremely difficult to produce new sounds that are not part of your first language sound repertoire without implicit and knowledgeable direction on how to adjust your tongue, jaw, and lips to produce those sounds.
American English has many sounds that other languages simply do not. You have to be specifically instructed on how to hear/distinguish those sounds as well as EXACTLY how to make those sounds.
You need a knowledgeable Instructor that understands the tongue placement required for certain sounds to be produced, and to thoroughly assess exactly which areas of articulation will have the greatest impact on your American English pronunciation. That’s what we do; and we’re good at it!
That is why other methods aren’t that effective for most people. You need a LIVE Certified Accent trainer that provides specific feedback that is tailored to your individual needs, taught to you step-by-step with the same instructor each week to support you all through the process.
After my 13 Week Accent Reduction Program you WILL:
- Improve your English Pronunciation by 50-80%
- Speak English with greater confidence
- NOT be misunderstood or asked to repeat yourself as often
To get an idea of how well and how quickly you can improve your English pronunciation let’s look at the results of a very recent client who has completed the program: (demographic information has been changed to protect the client’s identification).
Elle: Female, Mid 30’s
Occupation: Early Childhood Educator
Native Language: Mandarin
Elle has spoken English for many years but reported that she has struggled socially and professionally for years, with people asking her to repeat herself often.
Overall improvement by the end of my 13 Week Program: 72%
Word errors pre-program: 111; Post program: 19
Reading level errors pre-program: 172; Post program: 60
Elle reported that a huge “aha” moment, was when she learned exactly how to say the “th” and Shwa sounds as in the “uh” sound correctly. She was so excited to learn exactly what to do with her tongue, lips, and jaw and how to distinguish when she was doing it right vs incorrectly. She reported feeling so much more confident since completing the program and has not had issues with people not understanding her message.
If you’d like to read Elle’s full case study click here.
I was truly grateful to have Elle as a client. Her dedication to the program and willingness to put in the work made her transformation possible. BUT, to achieve this transformation, you must be willing to take the first step in getting one-on-one instruction. Without it, significant change is unlikely.
Make a real life change today and book your free consultation right now!
My 13 Week Accent Reduction Program is $2,500 CAD (Canadian dollars), no tax. The program starts with a thorough assessment to see where you’ll be starting and what goals we should set up for you specifically.
The assessment takes about 5 minutes for you to complete, and up to 3 hours for me to transcribe for differences in speech sounds, stress, intonation, rate, pitch, and fluency. The assessment will be the foundation on which we build your program around.
Following the assessment, you will book 13 one hour sessions over a 16 week period. I have built a bit of flexibility into the program to account for clients’ busy schedules. You will be given personalized practice materials and individualized audio instruction each week to support your learning.
Each of your 13 sessions is conducted online through secure (HIPAA Compliant) video conferencing software. Imagine it like a Skype call. You get to have your session in the privacy of your own home at a time that is most convenient to you, with the use of a cellphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop!
At the end of the program you will do another assessment which is then compared to the initial one. The difference between the two will show how much you’ve improved. Clients typically show an improvement in American English Pronunciation of 50-80%!
After completion of the 13 Week Program follow-up sessions are available on a per session basis at your discretion. Some clients find they’re still having difficulty in a certain area and would like some additional instruction or just want a refresher every once in a while. These individual sessions are one hour as well and cost $175 CAD (no tax) each.
It all begins with a free consultation. This helps us get acquainted, answer any additional questions, and ensure that this program is the right fit for you. I’d love to support you in this goal, so click the, “Let’s Get Started!” button below and we can meet!
All of a sudden I found myself jobless.
I was working as a therapist in the field of articulation and language and was laid off a few months before Christmas because the company I worked for lost their government funding. I was shocked and devastated. This gave me a chance to make a real decision about what I really wanted to do with my skills and knowledge, and what direction my career was going to take.
I wanted to use my very specific skills to make a significant impact and add value to my clients’ lives, as in the past I realized that I had been feeling like my passion was misplaced. I wanted to make a change.
The thing is, I was jobless, and as my profession is very specific. That meant I probably wasn’t going to be able to continue living in the forever home that my family had just moved to a mere 5 months earlier.
I felt helpless. I took four, week-long workshops, additional certifications, and I did everything I could to make myself stand out in the job market. I felt guilty that my former colleagues were all in the same predicament; in a desperate search for a job, in a field that is so competitive.
To make things worse, I found out that the company that won the bid for the government funding was only considering candidates with 15+ years of experience. I was demoralized. I cried. I felt like giving up.
Then, one night, something amazing happened.
I was hit with the realization that this was a gift; a difficult gift to unwrap, but a gift no less. Around the same time I was attending a play group for my daughter and that’s when I met one of the instructors, I will call her Elle. After introducing myself and my daughter and telling Elle what I did for a living she took immediate interest.
Elle confided in me that she was a native Mandarin speaker who had emigrated from China a while ago and had been speaking English for more than four years but, that people were still having difficulty understanding her, her colleagues, parents, and more specifically, the children she was taking care of.
Being asked to repeat herself often had been a barrier for her socially and professionally. Elle told me she was embarrassed and frustrated and didn’t want this to be how things continued.
She said that she took ESL classes back in China and always received good marks and positive feedback from the instructors and was under the impression her English was great. But, when she came to Canada she found that native speakers had a lot of difficulty understanding her.
She told me that she had read many books and watched many YouTube videos on English pronunciation regularly but, never seemed to actually improve in a practical conversational way.
Being in the communication industry, I understood the impact of not being understood on a daily basis. This meant she had constant feelings of isolation, frustration, and annoyance. I had an epiphany when talking to her. I knew that helping people like Elle improve their English pronunciation was exactly where I wanted to apply my knowledge and experience.
Then I became a Certified Compton P-ESL Accent Modification Instructor through the Institute of Language and Phonology. I analyzed the industry, and it was crystal clear to me that there was a lot missing in the programs I saw available to people looking to improve their American English pronunciation.
From my vast experience, I knew that knowledgeable feedback from an instructor was integral to improvement in articulation, that specific direction and coaching on how to produce sounds was essential, and that a one size fits all, do-it-yourself program was not going to give clients the success they were looking for. I knew they needed a coach, not just access to information.
I was able to create a program that is effective, using my skills and previous knowledge. I could make a program that was tailored to my client’s exact speech issues; no wasting their time with cookie cutter approaches. I learned that improving my clients’ American English accent skills could actually help them earn more money, access better jobs, get promotions, and help them succeed.
So I developed the interactive online 13 Week Accent PRO System and that’s when everything changed. I was finally able to make an impact doing something I was passionate about.
Then, I had to learn more. I had to educate myself in the areas of technology, electronic medical health records and standards, I had to seek expert advice and instruction, as anyone starting a business does, with marketing and website development. But with perseverance, PROactive Accent Reduction was up and running.
This meant that I could spend time with my clients in a personal way doing what I’m passionate about, using the skills and experience that makes me the uniquely qualified instructor that I am.
In the end, I have been able to help countless individuals achieve their communication goals by improving their American English pronunciation by 50-80% in 13 weeks. I get to do what I love, be in charge as my own boss, and work out of the best office in the world (my home!).
I was transformed through the process of loss, and it made me stronger.
I had to step out of my comfort zone to achieve my goals. I had to take things into my own hands and be proactive about my own success. I had to have faith that I could achieve more than I had in the past. I had to go above and beyond to seek out experienced professionals to succeed.
This is exactly what my previous clients have had to do and what any future client must take on. They will have to push past their comfort zones, take their success into their own hands, have faith that they can improve, and trust that working with a qualified instructor is the missing piece in realizing their goals.
This process has transformed me. I no longer feel stress with my work because I am now doing what I love. I no longer feel chained to a job. I am now working with clients with whom I can make the most impact.
Let me ask you a question. How many self-taught black belts, concert pianists, or singers do you know? I’ll go out on a limb here and guess, zero, right? That’s because achieving any one of those things all require the guidance of a knowledgeable teacher, instructor, or coach. The same goes for articulation.
I had an undergraduate degree, a Master’s degree from the University of Toronto, 11 years of experience and countless certificates, but still, I had to invest further to achieve my dreams. Just like you have already spent years learning English, improving your vocabulary, and honing your grammar. But, to achieve the English pronunciation that you want, you need to seek out and work with the specific professional that can get you to your goal.
I got to where I am now by investing in myself and my future. I get to be home near my family and not in work meetings. I will be able to impact people’s lives, and never miss any of the important moments with my husband and daughter. I owe this all to the fact that I invested in myself, just like you will have to. If you invest in yourself and put in the work now, I can practically guarantee you will be understood the FIRST time you talk, speak with greater confidence, have more fulfilling social interactions, and prime yourself for better earning potential.
Now is the time. Make an investment today that will change your life tomorrow.
This course is BEST suited for anyone who:
- Speaks English as a second language
- Can commit to 13 weeks of instruction
- Feels they are constantly being misunderstood
- Knows that improving their English pronunciation will dramatically change their life
- Will make their best effort to put in the suggested practice time of 60 minutes per day
This course is NOT a good fit for those who:
- Don’t have an adequate internet connection
- Don’t have a private place to conduct their sessions
- Don’t have the time currently to practice consistently
- Are not able to book a one hour session once per week over a 13 week period
- Don’t feel that their English pronunciation is having a profound effect on their professional or personal life
- Are still struggling to learn the English language: It is recommended that clients be able to converse in English with some proficiency
Remember, this is a chance to change your life! You can feel secure in knowing that you are fully supported during the 13 week program and afterwards.
What will I need to access a session?
- A computer – PC or MAC or tablet/cell phone with a functioning camera and microphone
- WIFI/Internet connection: 10Mbps or higher
- A quiet space
- May benefit from a headset but not mandatory
Why should I hire you as my Accent Reduction Coach?
- Results: If you complete my accent reduction program, with consistent home practice, you should see results of 50-80% fewer pronunciation errors in standard American English.
- Expertise: You will be working directly one-on-one with a certified Compton P-ESL Accent Modification Coach who has a Master in Health Science Degree with 11 years related articulation experience. You have come to the right place!
- Flexibility: Services are provided via HIPAA/PHIPA compliant videoconferencing technology to ensure your privacy is secure; all while enjoying the convenience of training in the comfort of your location of choice, at a time that is convenient for you.
- Price: Our prices are extremely competitive with other Individualized accent reduction services AND our services are provided by a Certified Compton P-ESL Accent Modification Coach.
- Ease: Our simple to use home practice makes learning a breeze. You will be provided with convenient scheduling options and equally convenient virtual training.
- Reliability: We will customize all of your exact accent reduction needs with an individualized plan. Your coach will be with you through the whole process, with messaging between sessions, and file sharing for full support. We use a model based on 20 years of research, so you can be confident that you will receive the results you want.
Does your program really work?
The short answer is – YES! The research-based design used to create the Compton P-ESL program demonstrates consistent student improvement of at least 50% when 19 target sounds are addressed over the course of 13 weeks with direct training and regular practicing (suggested 1 hour of practice daily).
This program is based on more than 20 years of research. Career advancement, job success, promotions, and improved self-confidence are all within your reach!
Will my insurance cover Accent Modification?
Accent Modification may not qualify for coverage, however, MANY employers pay for Accent Reduction programs or a percentage of a program.
Ask your employer if there is a Professional Development Program and if an Accent Modification Program would qualify. Upon completion of this program, a certificate may be provided as proof of completion to your employer.
Will my accent come back if I stop working on it? Alternatively, will I lose my accent?
You will be learning specific strategies to enhance your pronunciation of Standard American English. Think of it as gaining a new “tool” to use in your daily life.
The goal is to become automatic and habituated to your new way of speaking; however, you will be able to use your former accent when and if you choose to do so. This is called “code switching”.
Why is English pronunciation so difficult?
Pronunciation is often not taught, and even taught incorrectly, when Instructors are not native English speakers. You must first learn to hear and distinguish the sounds of English before you can produce them.
To further complicate matters, English words are not necessarily pronounced the way they are spelled. Pronunciation requires practice, skill AND knowledge.
Is there homework?
As with all types of learning, practice is a key component for change. The Accent Reduction Program will require a commitment on your part. It is recommended that each participant anticipate 60 minutes of practice daily to maximize the effectiveness of their training.
What results can I expect?
The Compton P-ESL program has been meticulously researched. Results expected are a 50-80% improvement in speech sounds with the recommended daily practice.
How long will it take to reduce my accent?
The program is designed to build on skills exponentially. You will begin to notice results as early as the first session, as new sounds will be introduced. Practice will enhance habituation of your new skills.
As new sounds and complexity are practiced, improvements in conversational speech will begin. In 13 weeks, you will be amazed at what you have learned and the new skills you have developed. It truly is life changing!
Any questions you have can be cleared up by booking an initial consultation. If you would like to send me an email or want to text me a quick question that’s not a problem at all. My email address is Rebecca@PROactiveSpeech.com and my cell is (289) 536-0921. I can’t wait to hear from you!
Don’t wait. Your future starts now!